Sermon: Poverty and Providence

“Poverty and Providence”

(March 21, 2010) We recognize that when Jesus tells his disciples “you will always have the poor among you,” he is not therefore giving them (and us) an excuse for not practicing justice and compassion. Rather, when read in conjunction with Deuteronomy 15, we see that the reminder of the poor in our midst is actually linked to a command to be generous and open-handed with those in need. In praising the woman who washes his feet, however, Jesus is reminding us that our first priority is to honor and worship God, and allow our acts of service and justice to flow from that place. (John 12:1-8, with reference to Isaiah 43:16-21, Psalm 126, and Deuteronomy 15:1-11)

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