Supper in Bethany

Format for Holy Hour

Scripture Reading: Matthew 26:6–13

Context: The woman in this passage is most likely Mary, the sister of Lazarus and Martha. Though some associate her also with Mary of Magdala and the sinful woman who anointed Jesus’ feet in tears, these are more likely three different women. This woman anoints Jesus on the head with very expensive ointment and no mention is made of her being sinful or in tears in this passage.

Though the disciples express disapproval over this act, saying it was a waste of money, Jesus praises her. This shows that worship of Jesus must be very generous. Nothing is too good or too much for our Lord when you honor and worship Him.

Reflection: Prayerfully read this passage using the following points if useful.

  • Imagine being present at this meal in the house of Simon the leper.
  • As you imagine the meal, turn your attention to this woman coming in and honoring Jesus with this anointing.
  • Consider the reaction of the disciples. Why did they react this way with indignation? Shouldn’t they have been grateful to see her love for Jesus?
  • Try to enter the mind of this woman as she heard Jesus speak of her “beautiful” action.
  • Conclude by considering your own worship of Jesus. Do you express your love to this extent? Do you hold back? How can you honor our Lord more completely so as to also give Him beautiful worship?

Featured Image: Jesus, Mary, Martha and Lazarus, St Botolph without Aldersgate

Introduction to Meditations for Ordinary Time

  1. Baptism of the Lord
  2. Two Standards
  3. Three Classes of Men
  4. Temptation
  5. Calling of Apostles
  6. Wedding at Cana
  7. Cleansing the Temple
  8. Sermon on the Mount
  9. Calming the Storm
  10. Walking on Water
  11. The Apostles were Sent to Preach
  12. Conversion of Mary Magdalene
  13. How Christ Fed the Five Thousand
  14. Transfiguration of Christ
  15. Resurrection of Lazarus
  16. Supper in Bethany
  17. Three Ways of Humility

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