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.
• John 12:1-2
i’m not sure i can imagine an odder scene
a miracle man with a fork in his hand
smiling and eating his greens
or what of his sisters two?
one runs in and out of the kitchen
carrying dishes of stew
one raids the family treasury
the unthinkable to do
and what of their invited friends?
one speaks up indignantly
missing both means and ends
and what of those observing
this strange, bizarre affair?
how could it not be unnerving?
and to those opposed it all confirms
a murderous path unswerving
it’s life and death and food and wine
and scents the air all filling
it’s grateful tears and curious looks
false piety and shilling
it’s plots of killing
and jesus willing to embrace it all
i’m not sure i can imagine an odder day
except for each one since, with all it carries
on the dying and rising way
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For further consideration, read Will Willimon’s Dinner with Jesus