At Bethany

The Rev. Canon Dr. James M. McPherson

13 September 2012

                                John 12.1-8

                               Jealous of her authority

bruised by her loss

the Ugly Sister sat




through Martha’s

busying and bustling

and Lazarus’s


grave jokes

about keeping

dead quiet




Mary’s entombment

perfume filled the air

and Judas spoke,




the Ugly Sister rejoiced:

The hour is coming soon

when I will nail him.




This continues the “Ugly Sister” theme (as introduced in “The Order of Things”).


31 March 2010


© the Revd James M McPherson


Maryborough Qld