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The resurrection and the life (2)

by Jean-Louis Coraboeuf

"Martha was serving, and Lazarus was one of those seated at the table with Him. Mary, taking a pound of very costly oil of spikenard, anointed Jesus‘ feet and wiped them with her hair; and the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil" (John 12:2-3).

Martha, whose name means 'mistress of the house', was serving the supper, and Lazarus, recently brought back from death, was eating his meal with Jesus. It is within this context that Mary, seizing life, spreads a costly perfume over the feet of Jesus.

She took to heart her Master's words, and thus entered a new dimension of life by performing on Jesus a prophetic act. In the same way, He wants us to enter into "His resurrection and His life" so that we can perform the work of the Kingdom of God, and thus glorify Him.