Gospel: John 12:1-8
Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany,
the home of Lazarus,
whom he had raised from the dead.
2There they gave a dinner for him.
and Lazarus was one of those at the table with him.
3Mary 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.
4But Judas Iscariot,
one of his disciples (the one who was about to betray him), said,
5“Why was this perfume not sold for three hundred denarii
and the money given to the poor?”
6(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.)7Jesus said,
“Leave her alone.
She bought it so that she might keep it for the day of my burial.
8You always have the poor with you,
but you do not always have me.”
Queeries for the text:
When was Lazarus raised?
What does nard smell like? How can it be beneficial? How can it be harmful?
Why did Mary use her hair?
What's the equivalent of 300 denarii?
Why does John's gospel work so hard to make Judas seem evil?
How do we balance allocating personal resources? Community resources?
Did Mary know she was anointing Jesus for burial?
Who should be, but is not being anointed for burial today?
How do we always have the poor with us? How do we not? What is Jesus referencing?
What are your queeries?