LENT: WEEK 5: APRIL 7, 2019
Anonymous (German school, 16th century). Mary Anoints Jesus' Feet - detail, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN.
Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. There they gave a dinner for him. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at the table with him. Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard, anointed Jesus' feet, and wiped them with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (the one who was about to betray him), said, "Why was this perfume not sold for three hundred denarii and the money given to the poor?" (He said this not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief; he kept the common purse and used to steal what was put into it.) esus said, "Leave her alone. She bought it so that she might keep it for the day of my burial. You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me."
Jesus was loved.
Coming to the end of his public life, Jesus knew he was being targeted; trouble was coming. Being with Lazarus, Martha and Mary at this time brought special comfort to him. Mary Cherished the opportunity to show him Comfort; Martha busied herself to Care for his needs and Lazarus was Concerned about what was to happen. Jesus relaxed in their home, but he continued to Challenge them to preach and teach the presence of God.
Watch a day in the life of Sr. Rebecca Trujillo in Matagalpa, Nicaragua.
A prayer for Lent