John 12:1-11 for Sunday, March 17, 2013

Stories Move in Circles




Listen to the audio podcast here: John 12.1-8 for Sunday, March 17, 2013

“I would much rather say that every time you make a choice you are turning the central part of you, the part of you that chooses, into something a little different from what it was before…into a Heaven creature or into a hellish creature…a creature that is in harmony with God, and with other creatures, and with itself, or into one that is in a state of war and hatred…” ~ C.S. Lewis

Today, join me in meditation and prayer with the Scripture. Let this be our turning together towards Heaven and towards the persons you and I were made to be. Choosing to face towards God, we then experience the One who is the real power and the real love that transforms. Join me!

Deep Peace Today,

Artwork: Stories Move in Circles by Jan Richardson (

Music: Be Quiet by Mr. Bish (

Published by Todd Spencer

I am a spiritual director, a minister of spiritual formation, a husband and father. I live in the beautiful town of Colorado Springs, Colorado.

2 thoughts on “John 12:1-11 for Sunday, March 17, 2013

  1. What translation are you using? I found the translation of the passage that you used most intriguing. I had not noticed the line she annointed and “massaged “his feet. This word indicated to me an intimacy that is not in the simple pouring and wiping. Time and affection care and concern are the words that come to mind first. When you massage someone’s feet you are trying to relieve tham of pain, allow them to for a time relax and be freed from tension….


    1. Hi there, Olwyn-
      Thank you for listening and praying with the Scripture with me! And for your note. I get almost as much joy from communication with my listeners as I do from God in the actual practice of Lectio Divina.

      The version I normally use is The Message, translated by Eugene Peterson. I have found that his translation brings so much richness to the practice of Lectio Divina. It is not the only version I use for study but it is a capable and appropriate one to have at one’s side for countless reasons. It really draws me into the text personally. Other versions I use are The Jerusalem Bible (did you know JRR Tolkien helped with that one?) and the NRSV.

      Yes, the word “massage” in this week’s text really stirred me as well –for the same reasons you shared. What a powerful image it is to see a caring soul massaging our Christ’s feet, knowing what he was about to go through. Whew….How might I do likewise in my walk next to Christ?

      I hope you have a nice day, Olwyn, and that you will connect again on your experience with Lectio soon.

      Deep, Deep Peace,


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