In ancient times, tomorrow was known as Lazarus Saturday. The name refers to the organizer of a supper that Jesus ate in the community of Bethany “six days before the Passover” (cf. John 12:1).
That naturally wasn’t the first visit of Jesus, but it would be his last.
The Greco-Syrian physician Luke describes the first meeting (Luke 10:38-42). Jesus had arrived in the village of Bethany, which sat a few miles east of the metropolis of Jerusalem, and a woman named Martha welcomed the traveling rabbi into her home. While Martha busied herself with serving her famous guest, her sister Mary sat at his feet and listened.
This irked her sister, probably for multiple reasons. For one, Mary’s pose was customary of male students listening to a religious scholar...