April 6, 2020
Today’s Gospel paints a picture of one of the last instances where Jesus can feel at ease in His earthy life: a special meal at the home of His dear friends Martha, Mary and Lazarus in Bethany.
The characters behave in a familiar way: Martha tends to the domestic task of serving the dinner, while Mary once again places herself at the feet of Jesus, this time to anoint Him with aromatic and expensive oil.
If only Judas wouldn’t spoil the scene with his false righteousness!
As for Lazarus, he was “one of those reclining at table” with Jesus. Lazarus, three days dead in the tomb, and raised in the greatest of Jesus’ miracles, now finds himself in a completely “normal” interaction with the Christ.
If you were Lazarus, and sat with Jesus for a meal (as he does in today’s Gospel), some weeks after He had raised you from the dead, what would you say to Him?
Above: The Ointment of the Magdalene (1886-1894, goache and graphite) by James Tissot