Here is a poem reflecting on the story of Jesus being anointed by Mary. It could be used alongside a straight reading of the text. It also considers what Jesus' emotions might have been as he shared a final time with his close friends.

Extract from the poem:

A final time at Bethany
in old, familiar company
Jesus, were your thoughts pierced through
with knowing what you had to do?

And did you clutch within your heart
a world about to break apart -
or steady, with a conscious will,
a brimming cup so soon to spill?

Lazarus sat next to you
so grateful, and yet puzzled too
the dark thoughts of his tomb not quite
extinguished by the rising light

while diligent Martha, unreserved
and practical as always, served
her living brother, sitting by
the healer who had let him die...

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