Like most of John’s gospel there is a great deal of important information packed into this short reading for the lectionary. The passing remark in verse six about Judas, and his inability to handle the groups’ money honestly is telling. Is this why Judas sells out Jesus? Is greed so in control of Judas’ life that the exchange of his Lord for thirty pieces of silver looks like a bargain?But today I was struck again by Mary’s story, and her part. In particular the idea that the smell of the perfume permeates the house. It instantly tipped my mind into Psalm 51:15-16, reminding me that the fragrance God desires is a humble spirit. Which then takes me to 2 Corinthians 2:15, which reminds me that the redeemed are the aroma that God delights in. In one sense smell is an afterthought in our world where look and feel take such prominence. And yet, we could try an experiment… would people leave a smelly house or an ugly house faster? Scent is a powerful sense for humanity and guides much of what we do, even when we don’t realize it. Smell comes up only occasionally in scripture, but when it does it is a powerful experience. In the reading this week we learn about Mary’s act in the midst of a house party leads to a change in the entire house, and Judas can’t handle this transformation and lashes out. In what ways are you following or worshiping Jesus that are transforming the nature of your entire household? Your circle of friends? Your community? The world?