1. Victoria Walters
    July 7, 2016 @ 2:31 PM

    Can you explain the connection you found between the woman caught in the act of adultery whom Jesus spared from being stoned, with Mary of Bethany? I’ve never heard that before, and am curious.

  2. Annette Vincent
    July 7, 2016 @ 8:41 PM

    There is no definitive proof that she is one in the same but many believe it to be so. I cast her in this role because of Luke’s account of the story. In the story it states that a woman from that city who was a sinner was the one who anointed Jesus’ feet. John specifically names Mary, Lazarus’ sister as the one who performed this service to him. Mary was originally from Bethany, as Lazarus’ sister.

    Jesus also says in His parable to Simon that the woman anointing Him was behaving so because He had forgiven her of much. To me, saving the woman from death through offering her His forgiveness is amazing grace and was one of His greatest demonstrations of love.

    This is why I alluded to Mary and the woman caught in adultery as being one in the same. I tried to keep the reference vague and didn’t specifically identify the event that Mary was grateful for. I admit that my words were easy to draw that conclusion. I appreciate your question and pray that my liberty doesn’t detract from the love that Mary showed Jesus with her gift.

  3. Victoria Walters
    July 8, 2016 @ 2:10 PM

    No distraction at all. I spotted it with curiosity because I thought maybe I had missed something. 🙂 Thanks for clarifying.