When Mary poured a rich perfume on Jesus’ weary feet,
Her caring filled that humble room; the fragrance there was sweet.
But full of anger, Judas said, “We could have used this more!
Why was her gift not sold instead, and given to the poor?”
The Lord replied, “Leave her alone! She bought it for this day.
This caring love that she has shown is faithful to God’s way.
The poor will always be with you, but you will not have me.”
He blessed her and he thanked her, too, for giving lavishly.
O Christ, what can your people bring to show you thanks and love?
You need no fragrant offering; for now you reign above.
Since there will never cease to be the poor throughout the land,
May we, your church, serve faithfully by offering them our hand.
|First Line:||When Mary poured a rich perfume ;on Jesus' weary feet|
|Title:||When Mary Poured a Rich Perfume|
|Author:||Carolyn Winfrey Gillette (2001)|
|Topic:||Jesus Christ; Justice|
|Copyright:||Copyright © 2001 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved|
|Arranger:||Ralph Vaughan Williams (1906, alt.)|
|Source:||English Folk Melody|