It is perhaps hard for us to really appreciate how unseemly this incident was—the intimacy of a woman anointing the feet of a male dinner guest and wiping them with her hair. The disapproval of the extravagance by Judas, who of course had his own agenda, and the shocking revelation that in order to regain control of the people, the opponents of Jesus were going to kill Lazarus as well. If we were to use the metaphor of smells, the heavenly scent of the ointment could not mask the stench of greed and corruption.
- What challenges me in the story of the smells? What situations do I manipulate in order to come out “smelling of roses”? I ask forgiveness for these.
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