Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Holy Week 2019: Everything's Alright
This story appears in all four gospels: the anointing of Jesus ("Woman, your fine ointment, brand new and expensive, should have been saved for the poor!", Judas sings. That's from the Johannine version of the story: John 12;1-8). The only other story that appears in all four gospels is the crucifixion story. And like the crucifixion story, the story changes from gospel to gospel. Three of the four crucifixion stories are connected to this anointing, connecting the act to the preparation of a body for burial.
Luke makes it about sex, which is why "JCS" has the version here (Mary Magdalene suggestively offering to make Jesus feel better; she's not symbolically preparing him for burial). The "JCS" version also blends Mary Magdalene (the first woman mentioned in Luke 8:1, leading to a supposed connection between here and the unnamed woman of Luke 7:36-50) with the Mary sister of Lazarus in John's story. Luke keeps the story separated from the events during the fateful Passover week; John places it at the very beginning of that week, which Christians now call Holy Week.
Other than that, everything's alright.
Posted by Rmj at 9:30 AM