Mary of Bethany

The sister of Martha and of Lazarus

This Mary sat at Jesus’ feet, listening to his teaching, while her sister Martha was “distracted by her many tasks” (Luke 10:38-42). In John 11:1-44, after her brother Lazarus dies, Mary weeps at Jesus’ feet and Jesus himself weeps before raising Lazarus from the dead. In John 12:1-8, Mary lavishly anoints Jesus’ feet with ointment and dries them with her hair.

Christ with Martha and Maria, by Henryk Siemiradzki, 1886

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