You are invited to enter Sacred Imagination, here…
Begin by chanting, opening your heart to enter the Sacred Story:
Chant by Darlene Franz
To stir the imagination you will find wonderings, scripture texts, an image or two, and questions for reflection. In all these allow yourself to enter the story, AS A LIVING AND UNFOLDING STORY, with and through Mary Magdalene, or others, as you are led. You may want to journal, draw or share your experience with another.
- What if the “Servant Songs” of Isaiah are sung to Mary Magdalene and Jesus together?
- What if Mary of Bethany is one of the faces of Mary Magdalene, anointing Jesus sensuously, sacramentally, prophetically?
Isaiah 42:1-4 (5-9)
Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights;
I have put my spirit upon HIM/HER.
THEY will bring forth justice to the nations.
SHE will not cry or lift up HER voice, or make it heard in the street;
a bruised reed HE will not break, and a dimly burning wick HE will not quench;
THEY will faithfully bring forth justice.
SHE will not grow faint or be crushed until HE has established justice in the earth;
and the coastlands wait for THEIR teaching.
John 12:1-8 (9-11)
Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead.
There they gave a dinner for him. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at the table with him.
Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard, anointed Jesus’ feet, and wiped them with her hair.
The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.
But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (the one who was about to betray him), said,
“Why was this perfume not sold for three hundred denarii and the money given to the poor?”
(He said this not because he cared about the poor,
but because he was a thief; he kept the common purse and used to steal what was put into it.)
Jesus said, “Leave her alone. She bought it so that she might keep it for the day of my burial.
You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me.”
The essence of this powerful story is recorded four different ways.
EXPLORE, IF YOU LIKE...Anointing Jesus’ head or feet. Mary and Jesus imagined many ways.
- Matthew 26:6-13 (@ Bethany, the house of Simon the Leper: head)
- Mark 14:3-9 (@ Bethany, the house of Simon the Leper: head)
- Luke 7:36-50 (@ Simon the Pharisee’s house: feet)
- John 12:1-8 (@ Bethany, the house of Lazarus, Mary, Martha: feet)
ENTERING THE SCENE
- ENTER THIS SCENE AS MARY MAGDALENE or ANOTHER, AS YOU FEEL LED.
- WHAT DO YOU NOTICE, PARTICULARY IN YOUR BODY?
- HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT SELF, OTHERS, EVENT UNFOLDING?
- WHAT ARE YOU THINKING? PRAYING? FEARING? HOPING?
- WHERE DO YOU NOTICE LOVE?
WHAT INVITATION TO AWARENESS OR ACTION DOES THIS STORY OFFER YOU TODAY?