Virtual Spirituality Center Week 5
Scripture John 12:1-8
12 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[a] 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[b] 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[c] 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.”
There is a beautiful hymn in our new hymnal from our Korean brothers and sisters. It depicts this scene from John. Listen to this hymn using the following link. Fast-forward to 7 minutes and 56 seconds in to hear this song sung by the Calvin Church Hymn sing. You can also reference the words below. This song is a great preparation for Holy Week but it also is very personable. Reflect on the words and music listen to the story told through song. See what images arise in your mind.
Start at time stamp 7:56
To My Precious Lord Hymn 704
To my precious Lord I bring my flask of fragrant oil;
kneeling down, I kiss his feet, anoint them with the oil.
Jesus, who for my sake walked the road to Calvary,
with each step has marked the imprint of his love for me.
Jesus, who for my sake had his feet nailed to the cross,
with his blood has washed and healed me, paid the heavy cost.
When in clouds of glory you come back to earth again,
Jesus, with your love, embrace and claim me as your friend.
Thank you for your Son who was willing to die for us. Help us to find our own way of anointing You in our lives. May we be ready to serve You bringing our most “precious oil” to You. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.