Jesus was at Bethany visiting the house of Simon, who had a skin disease. During dinner, a woman came in with a vase made of alabaster and containing very expensive perfume of pure nard. She broke open the vase and poured the perfume on his head.
We are coming to the final chapters in this year’s reading of the gospel of St. Mark in the part that treats of the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus. There are many scenes that take place—four of them in the reading for today. A good idea is to take each one in the different parts of the day so that you can move slowly from one to the other with Jesus.
The leaves are falling off the trees in a blaze of color and glory. Read these stories in the setting of autumn, though we’ll see them again in springtime. Like the jar of precious ointment that Many poured on the head of Jesus, so do the leaves “pour” themselves from the trees. Think of these connections…and of course, pour out your own soul to God in offerings of adoration and praise.
Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
Pouring oil of the heart v. 3
For more information about
this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.
This is the ninth of thirteen weeks in the season of Kingdomtide,
autumn in the north. Year B.
Fridays are dedicated to the New Testament, except the Gospels.
We read the Gospel of Mark in Year B.
These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook. You will have the entire program of well over a thousand Firestarters with you on your phone or tablet. More information…