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									                      Lesson of the two basins
                                        Story and Photo by R andy Kl a assen
                                                    Special to Canadian Mennonite
                                                             Virgil, ont.

M       artha Lucía Gomez, pastor of Pereira Mennonite Church
        in Colombia, visited her congregation’s sister church—
Bethany Mennonite in Virgil—during a trip to Canada last fall
for Mennonite Church Canada’s International Mennonite Pastors
Coming Together event.
   In the weeks before the visit, Bethany congregants had been
called to prayer as Gomez had been denied a visitor’s visa to
Canada. Part of the anticipation had been that she would be able
to share a sermon, and elation followed when interventions paved
the way for her to receive a visa.
   In her sermon, Gomez spoke of the hours prior to Jesus’ cruci-
fixion when two basins played pivotal roles in the gospel story.
   The first was used when Jesus washed the feet of his disciples,
saying, “I have set you an example that you should do as I have
done for you” (John 13:15).
   The second basin was used by Pilate when he washed his hands
before the crowd, saying, “I am innocent of this man’s blood”
(Matthew 27:24).
   She said the two basins represent the opportunit
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