Grace Dwells in the Word
Sunday, April 3, 2022 Fifth Sunday in Lent
Prayer for receiving the Word: Blessed Lord God, you have caused the Holy Scriptures to be written for the nourishment of your people. Grant that we may hear them, read, mark, learn and inwardly digest them, that, comforted by your promises, we may embrace and forever hold fast to the hope of eternal life, which you have given us in Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
Gospel: (Scripture was written to be heard. Please, give it a voice. Read it aloud.)
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. Martha served, 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, 5Why 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."
- What does the passage have to say about God (Father, Son, Holy Spirit)?
- What word is God (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) speaking to me in this passage?
- What word does the passage speak about how we live in community together?
- What does God want me to do?
Jakob’s Notes: John 11 tells about Lazarus resurrection. Many believed because of Lazarus and others were threatened (11:45-50; 12:10-11). This is the third Passover in John’s gospel (2:16; 6:4). Anointing can foreshadow the entry into Jerusalem (12:12-19), Israel kings are anointed (18:36; 19:21; 6:15). Jesus makes references his own death (the anointing of body for burial). In 12:8 quotes Deuteronomy 15:11. Mary’s actions also prefigure the actions of Jesus at the Last Supper, 13:3-15. John, also, prefigures the betrayal of Christ by Judas, 13:21-30 and 18:2-9.