Tuesday, February 9, 2010
The Story of Mary at Bethany
While Jesus was in Bethany in the home of a man known as Simon the Leper, a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, which she poured on his head as he was reclining at the table.
When the disciples saw this, they were indignant. "Why this waste?" they asked. "This perfume could have been sold at a high price and the money given to the poor."
Aware of this, Jesus said to them, "Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing to me. The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have me. When she poured this perfume on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial. I tell you the truth, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her."
This story appears in all 4 of the Gospels, & while I did not grow up on Bible teachings I WAS a child of the 70's & DID grow up on this musical!
Therefore this passage will always bring to mind:
Andrew Lloyd Weber mentions Myrrh in this song, the Gospel of Luke asserts that Mary actually anoints Jesus with Narde, also known as Spikenard.
Though Mary Magdalene is not specifically mentioned in the passage, this story is traditionally attributed to her. For this act she is known as the Patron Saint of Perfumers & often appears in classic art holding an alabaster jar.
For more detailed information you can visit magdalene.org & click on "Encyclopedia Magdalena"
I have just purchased a copy of The Woman With The Alabaster Jar by Margaret Starbird & will most likely return back to this subject once I have read it!