Letter form the Vicar and Notices

From the Vicar…
My dearest brothers and sisters,
The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.
Of our five senses, our sense of smell is the most underrated.
Yet it is one that when we lose it, we really notice.
Think about winter when you have a cold.
You can’t smell anything, and you can’t taste anything.
Think about the change of seasons: that first smell of spring,
the smell of rain on warm concrete; think of the smell of a crisp frosty morning.
Our sense of smell transcends our intellect and our understanding.
It is primal and it gives us information that none of our other senses can.
The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.
The smell is nard.
The only other place in the Scriptures where it is mentioned is in the Song of
Songs, a book of overwhelming passion and devotion.
This smell is associated with love.
Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard, anointed Jesus’ feet, and wiped
them with her hair.
Look at Mary’s focus. It is completely and utterly on Christ.
It is an act of complete belief in who he is and what he is going to do.
Jesus doesn’t need to question her, it is those around that he questions.
Leave her alone. She bought it so that she might keep it for the day of my burial.
An act of extravagant devotion.
The fragrance of love.
John uses this idea of the fragrance filling the room
as showing beyond a doubt that Mary has got it.
She understands who Jesus is and what it is he is going to do.
Mary is anointing Jesus ready for his sacrifice upon the cross.
By using smell, John is telling us that our sense of belief is not governed by our
intellect.
Something like faith transcends our normal thought processes
and takes us beyond our books and logic.
Furthermore, John is telling us how our faith is supposed to be.
It is to be like a fragrance that fills a house,
a fragrance that permeates all aspects of our life, not just one room.
This is a fragrance of a love of Christ, a belief in him who promises that those who
believe in him, even though they die, will live, and everyone
who lives and believes in him will never die.
Peace be with you all.

Father Chris

Parish Notices

  • Palm Sunday ceremonies begin at 9:30 am in the school atrium.
  • Easter Flowers: for your donations please use flower donation envelopes available at the back of the church.
  • Bible Discussion Group with Fr Chris: Monday 10:45 am in the Lady Chapel.
  • Bible Study Group meets tomorrow, 7:15 pm. Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
  • Meditation Group meets in the Lady Chapel Wednesday at 12 noon Details Margaret Maclagan (359 9215) or Pat Evans (358 0127).
  • Parish Trust meets Wednesday 5:15 pm in the parish loun
  • Angelology Group meets Thursday, 10:30 am in the Lady Chapel.
  • Saturday Breakfast 13 April 9:45 am in the parish lounge. Please RSVP to roscalvert@xtra.co.nz or phone Ros (322 6078).
  • Working bee for brass cleaning etc: 20 April 10:00 am in the lounge.
  • Parish Annual General Meeting 28 April after the 10:00 am Mass. Reports to the office by 15 April please.
  • Book Swap: in the lounge. More books needed, especially recent titles. Koha.
  • Inasmuch basket: please continue to support the City Mission with your gifts of groceries and other household items.
  • For Maundy Thursday: If you would like to take part in the foot washing during the Mass, please sign the list at the back of the church.
    After the Mass, the Blessed Sacrament remains on the Altar of Repose
    until the next day. Members of the congregation keep watch for an hour during the night. If you can do this, please sign the list so that we can ensure that at least two people are present at all times.
    Details Lawrence Watson (027 2507618).