Sunday 17th March – Lent 5C

Comfort zone.
The same old same old.
For the most part
it’s where we live,
content or resigned,
and when the unexpected happens
it shocks and disturbs.

God, according to Isaiah,
says, expect the unexpected,
watch for the new,
the seemingly impossible,
even outrageous.

When Mary broke the jar
is was as unexpected as it was outrageous.
True, for its contents,
there could have been care for the poor –
a temporary act of kindness.
But the love that broke the jar
wafted on the fragrance
of the nard
filling the house
and lingers still
confronting the same old same old
the comfort zone
the routine.
        © Jeff Shrowder, 2013.
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