Patterico's Pontifications


Sunday Music: Bach Motet BWV 227

Filed under: Bach Cantatas,General,Music — Patterico @ 12:21 pm

It is the fifth Sunday in Lent. Today’s Bach piece is a motet, titled “Jesu, meine Freude” (Jesus, my joy.)

Today’s Gospel reading is John 12:1-8:

Jesus Anointed at Bethany

Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. Here a dinner was given in Jesus’ honor. Martha served, while Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with him. Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.

But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him, objected, “Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages.” He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it.

“Leave her alone,” Jesus replied. “It was intended that she should save this perfume for the day of my burial. You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.”

The text of today’s piece is available here. It contains these words:

Jesus, my joy,
my heart’s pasture,
Jesus, my treasure!
Ah, how long, ah long
has my heart suffered
and longed for you!
God’s lamb, my bridegroom,
besides You on earth
nothing shall be dearer to me.

Now there is nothing damnable in those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk after the way of the flesh, but after the way of the Spirit.

Happy listening! Soli Deo gloria.

[Cross-posted at The Jury Talks Back.]

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