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Read John 12:1-8


Read John 12:1-8

12 Six days before the Passover, Jesus went to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, the man he had raised from death. 2 They prepared a dinner for him there, which Martha helped serve; Lazarus was one of those who were sitting at the table with Jesus. 3 Then Mary took a whole pint of a very expensive perfume made of pure nard, poured it on Jesus' feet, and wiped them with her hair. The sweet smell of the perfume filled the whole house. 4 One of Jesus' disciples, Judas Iscariot—the one who was going to betray him—said, 5 “Why wasn't this perfume sold for three hundred silver coins[a] 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 carried the money bag and would help himself from it.

7 But Jesus said, “Leave her alone! Let her keep what she has for the day of my burial. 8 You will always have poor people with you, but you will not always have me.”

   John 12:5 See 6.7.

Good News Translation (GNT)

Copyright © 1992 by American Bible Society


I wonder what it was like for this woman - to enter into this place where she wasn't really welcome; to pour the perfume on Jesus feed - to kneel before him wiping them with her hair.  Vulnerable. Full of love. Being judged.


In your prayer imagine yourself at the feet of Jesus wiping them with your hair.

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