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2010-03-17 — Please do not confuse Mary with those nice ladies from the fragrance department who come running at you with their little spray bottles.

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BIBLE PASSAGE — 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.” 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. So the chief priests planned to put Lazarus to death as well, since it was on account of him that many of the Jews were deserting and were believing in Jesus. — Fifth Sunday in Lent, Series C

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  1. John — 2539 days ago #

    All these years, and I’d never noticed the passage about Judas Iscariot being a thief in addition to being the betrayer. Thanks!

  2. Pastor Sandy — 2539 days ago #

    I just had to write and tell you how much we appreciate your ‘comics.’ I am continually surprised with your humor ~ it’s right on, and I often think, “I would NEVER have thought of that!” Keep up the good work!

  3. Astrid Schlueter — 2537 days ago #

    The “scratch ‘n’ sniff Bible” seems not such a good idea, once you remember that the Lazarus-story is in the chapter just before. And there it is said: “by this time he stinketh!”

  4. Jim — 2536 days ago #

    @ John: Yeah, John’s pretty hard on Judas. Perhaps Judas stole his date at senior prom and John never got over it.

  5. Jim — 2536 days ago #

    @ Pr. Sandy: Thanks for your kind words, but to tell the truth, we don’t think of this stuff either. It’s always the sheep. The short one is crazy.

  6. Jim — 2536 days ago #

    @ Astrid: Sometimes, in the name of progress and innovation, we have to take the bad with the good. Cool name, by the way.

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