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Station of the Cross # 1

Mary Anoints Jesus

Read John 12:1-8

1Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. 2 Here a dinner was given in Jesus’ honor. Martha served, while Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with him. 3 Then Mary took about a pint[a] of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.

4 But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him, objected, 5 “Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages.[b]” 6 He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it.

7 “Leave her alone,” Jesus replied. “It was intended that she should save this perfume for the day of my burial. 8 You will always have the poor among you,[c] but you will not always have me.”

Mary poured out expensive perfume onto Jesus' feet as an act of worship.  Place a spritz of your perfume onto your wrist or onto a cotton ball.  Smell its fragrance.  The fragrance may not be strong at first, but you will smell if for hours.  It's long-lasting.

Mary's act of worship was pure...passionate...real...expensive...extravagant.  And it touched the heart of Jesus.

Jesus knew he was headed to the cross and Mary's act of worship was a blessing to him.

Think about how you can pour out your love to Jesus, extravagantly, in a way that will spread the beautiful fragrance of Jesus where you are?

Let the smell of the fragrance remind you that we are called to live every moment of our lives in fragrant worship of Jesus.

Suggested Song: Alabaster Box by Julie Meyer

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