Beyond Giving: GENEROSITY
John 12:1-8 “Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. Here a dinner was given in Jesus’ honor. Martha served, while Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with him. Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume . . . Leave her alone, Jesus replied. It was intended that she should save this perfume for the day of my burial. You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.”
The value of the gift before God is not determined by its dollar amount. God seeks gifts that accurately reflect our life, labor and love.
Beyond Giving Pilgrimage Points
Through our practice of last week, we find ourselves noticing how God is at work in our lives and in our relationships. We begin to see how interdependent we are as a people.
We see the face of God in our neighbors, co-workers, people we pass on the street, people who need our help. We realize that God is in the faces of the homeless, in the creatures that inhabit our communities and our church property.
How do we respond to God’s face in each of these situations? How do WE be the face of God to them?