Silence: Space for God's Eloquence

by Jonathan Ball last modified 21 Apr, 2011 09:21 AM

The Bishop of Sherborne reflects on the challenge posed to us all by the silent woman who anoints Jesus' feet with her tears, in his Maundy Thursday Chrism Eucharist address.

Silence: Space for God's Eloquence

The Bishop of Sherborne (left) with the Bishop of Salisbury-designate

After thanking all who have ensured the continued thriving of the life of the Diocese during the vacancy in the Bishopric, Dr Graham Kings contrasts the 'sinful' unnamed woman we hear of in St Luke's Gospel, chapter 7, verses 36-50, with Jesus' host Simon the Pharisee.

Unlike Simon who has invited Jesus but has not welcomed him properly and does not recognise him for who he is, the woman not only sees the Saviour, but responds to him.

Her tears contrast with the spitting, punching and piercing of the Roman soldiers we encounter on Good Friday - love against hate. Her actions find ther opposite in those of the soldiers.

The woman's silence has allowed her not only to hear Jesus' message of forgiveness, but to be transformed by God.

Dr Kings challenges each of us in our 'proud, shallow and chattering world' to follow her example in our lives.

For the full text of his sermon, please click here.

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