Reflection on John 12:1-11 ~
Has your intuition helped you recognize deception enough so that you are able to change the course of the result? John transports us into of a scene of watching Mary’s great love of Jesus become present for us. Remarkably, the same scene gives us the ability to recognize deception by Judas and the Chief Priest because they did not comprehend the completeness of a human and divine Jesus. Jesus’s efforts and sacrifice created His perpetual presence so that intuition based on love that you have within can surface.
Jesus, Mary Magdalene and Martha at Bethany, James Tissot, Brooklyn Museum
John 12 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. 2 There they gave a dinner for him. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at the table with him. 3 Mary 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. 4 But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (the one who was about to betray him), said, 5 “Why 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.) 7 Jesus said, “Leave her alone. She bought it so that she might keep it for the day of my burial. 8 You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me.”
The Plot to Kill Lazarus
9 When the great crowd of the Jews learned that he was there, they came not only because of Jesus but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. 10 So the chief priests planned to put Lazarus to death as well, 11 since it was on account of him that many of the Jews were deserting and were believing in Jesus.
Thank you for meditating on this daily Gospel reading and considering this John 12:1-11 Reflection – Recognizing Deception.