Costly fragrance: scripture and questions for Oct. 9

John 12:1-8

 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.) Jesus 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.”
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Questions
1) What emotions are evoked in the reading of this text?

2) In what ways do you resonate with Mary? and Judas? and Jesus?

3) What are the “fragrances of extravagant grace” with which you have been annointed?

Rev. Catherine Crooks is
Minister for Member Care.

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One Response to Costly fragrance: scripture and questions for Oct. 9

  1. Joan Smiley says:

    Isn’t it heart warming to find that there is a Gospel writing that tells of Jesus’ acceptance and warm welcome by friends in their home? It is hopeful to learn that when we seek to do good and live faithfully and respectfully as Jesus lived we can anticipate acceptance and welcome with in our Church and community. I identify with Mary who showed her appreciation for the goodness and humanity of the person Jesus. It is a true blessing to discover people who seek to live with integrity and care for others.

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