A Woman Offers Comfort to Jesus
L: We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you. (Bow)
All: By your holy cross you have redeemed the world.
L: Before the betrayal, a woman came to Jesus with an alabaster jar of very costly ointment, and she poured it on his head as he sat at the table. But when the disciples saw it, they were angry and said, “Why this waste? For this ointment could have been sold for a large sum, and the money given to the poor.” But Jesus, aware of this, said to them, “Why do you trouble the woman? She has performed a good service for me. By pouring this ointment on my body she has prepared me for burial.” (Matthew 26:7-9,10,12)
(Kneel/sit and pause for reflection)
L: Then the righteous will answer him:
All: “Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?” And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.” (Matthew 25:37-40)
L: Let us pray. O God, your Son’s passion shows us that loving others holds great risks that make us tremble and reluctant to act. Strengthen us in our faith and our resolve to take those risks and to see your Son in our needy brothers and sisters; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
(Stand and move to the next station, singing:)
Prostrate on the dust He crumbled,
Flogged in body, he resembled
All our people poor and scorned.
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