Six days before Passover, in Bethany, our Lord Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead. Then, his family made supper for Him. Martha served it and Lazarus was at the table with Him. Mary, the other sister in the family, took a pound of expensive perfume. She poured it all over Jesus’ feet, then wiped His feet with her hair. The whole house smelled so nice!
Jesus’ disciple Judas Iscariot, the one who betrayed Jesus, rudely said, “Why wasn’t that perfume sold. The money could have been given to poor people.” (He did not really care about poor people—he just wanted the money in Jesus’ money box, so he could steal it.)
Jesus told him, “You will always have poor people with you, but you won’t always have me here!”
After that, a lot of Jewish people came. They wanted to see Jesus. They also wanted to see Lazarus, to see if he was really alive! The chief priests decided to kill Lazarus since, because of him, many Jews were believing in Jesus.
The next day, many people heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. They took branches from palm trees and waved them to honor Him. They said, “Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord, the King of Israel!”
What did Jesus do in Bethany, six days before Passover?
After they had supper together, what did Mary do? Do you think that was nice? Why or why not?
Did Judas think it was nice? Why or why not?
Where did Jesus go the next day?
As He went, the people called Jesus “the King of Israel.” What did they do to show honor to Him?
When you go to Divine Liturgy, listen closely. Do you hear the words that the people said to Jesus when He came near them on that day? We say (or sing) those words too, as He comes near to us!