Why is Jesus anointed at Bethany in John 12? video discussion

The Sunday gospel lectionary reading for Lent 5 in Year C takes a break from our reading of Luke’s gospel to focus on the anointing of Jesus in Bethany by Mary, sister of Martha and Lazarus, in John 12.1–8. (If anyone can explain this move, I would love to hear!).

In this video, Ian and James discuss the account in John 12 of Jesus’ being anointed by Mary. We consider the distinct features of this account, how it relates to the other gospels, and the way this gospel draws out the theological meaning. We discuss how we might preach on this effectively today. We end with a suggestion of a dramatic and practical way to bring this reading to life!

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