Monday of Holy Week

Six days before Passover Jesus came to Bethany,where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. They gave a dinner for him there, and Martha served, while Lazarus was one of those reclining at table with him.  Mary took a liter of costly perfumed oil made from genuine aromatic nard and anointed the feet of Jesus and dried them with her hair; the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil. Then Judas the Iscariot, one of his disciples, and the one who would betray him, said, “Why was this oil not sold for three hundred days’ wages and given to the poor?” He said this not because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief and held the money bag and used to steal the contributions. So Jesus said, “Leave her alone. Let her keep this for the day of my burial. You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me.”

John 12: 1-11

The fact that it is 6 days before Passover when Jesus has his feet anointed is significant. The Hebrew people chose the Passover lamb 6 days in advance, it would be inspected all over to be sure it did not have any injuries, marks, or flaws. They would then rub anointing oil into the ankles and feet. The lamb was anointed a second time on their head to announce that they were free from disease or blemish two days before Passover (as seen with Jesus in Mark 14). Jesus response to Judas in this passage further hints at the fact that he knows he is being prepared for sacrifice.

Spend some quiet time today with the Lamb of God