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."1. Begin in silence, quieting your mind and your heart, becoming silent, empty, and open to God.
2. Engage the text, preferably reading it aloud to yourself, listening for a word or phrase that seems to speak to you at this moment.
3. Return to the silence, meditating on the word or phrase you have heard, and noting the thoughts or images that it brings forth.
4. Read the passage a second time, now listening for what God might be saying or showing you in this passage. Listen with your heart, not your head. How does this passage touch your daily life?
5. Read the passage a third time, listening for what God might be calling you to do in light of this time of reflection and meditation.
6. Return to the silence, resting in God's presence.
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