BY REV. DR. MARTIN LUCIN - SPIRIT LAKE GRACE LUTHERAN CHURCH
Malcolm Muggeridge wrote of one of his earlier visits to a then-unknown nun in Calcutta, India, named Mother Teresa. He writes this about her work:
"Doing something beautiful for God is, for Mother Teresa, what life is all about. Everything, in that it is for God, becomes beautiful. The light of Jesus shines in her. One of their leper settlements is near a slaughterhouse whose stench was overwhelming. However, there with Mother Teresa, I scarcely noticed it — another fragrance has swallowed it up."
I like that — another fragrance has swallowed it!
Mother Teresa’s devotion to the least and lowest of this world was her bottle of precious ointment broken for her Lord (See Mark 14:1-11). And so on this Palm Sunday of 2018, you and I are left with just one question: What is the fragrance we are leaving the world?
Are we offering up the fragrance of our devotion to Christ and to the world for which he died? Or are we still standing off at a distance wondering whether Christ is worthy of our devotion? Maybe you were a part of the parade a long time ago but lost interest somewhere along the way, maybe you’ve never been a part of it but, deep down inside, you always wondered if it was really a possibility for you – this Palm Sunday parade started around 2,000 years, has continued across space and time, and it definitely has a spot set aside for you – be a part of the "GRACEPARADE" this Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. or this Sunday morning at 10 a.m. and remember: It is for me, it is for you, it is for everyone!