Isaiah 43:16-21 New International Version (NIV)
16: This is what the Lord says —
he who made a way through the sea,
a path through the mighty waters,
17: who drew out the chariots and horses,
the army and reinforcements together,
and they lay there, never to rise again,
extinguished, snuffed out like a wick:
18: “Forget the former things;
do not dwell on the past.
19: See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland.
20: The wild animals honour me,
the jackals and the owls,
because I provide water in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland,
to give drink to my people, my chosen,
21: the people I formed for myself
that they may proclaim my praise.
John 12:1-8 New International Version (NIV)
Jesus Anointed at Bethany
1: Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus had raised from the dead.
2: Here a dinner was given in Jesus’ honour. Martha served, while Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with him.
3: Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.
4: But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him, objected,
5: “Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages.”
6: He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it.
7: “Leave her alone,” Jesus replied. “It was intended that she should save this perfume for the day of my burial.
8: You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.”
The Lord bless to us the reading of his Holy Word and to his name be all the praise and all the glory. Amen
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