John 12:1-11 Reflection – Recognizing Deception

Reflection on John 12:1-11

Have you ever had the intuition to recognize deception enough so you were able to change the course of the result? John transports us into the scene to tell us about Mary’s great love of Jesus being present to her. A deeper look is that Jesus recognized the deceptions of both Judas and the Chief Priest but they did not “see” Him. Like me, do you get distracted or forget that Jesus is present so that the promised intuition of the Spirit cannot surface?  


Additional Lenten Reflections

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. There they gave a dinner for him. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at the table with him. 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. But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (the one who was about to betray him), said, “Why was this perfume not sold for three hundred denarii and the money given to the poor?” (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.) Jesus said, “Leave her alone. She bought it so that she might keep it for the day of my burial. You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me.”

The Plot to Kill Lazarus

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 reflection on John 12:1-11.