These two noteworthy characters, Mary of Bethany and Judas, produce a powerful effect by way of contrast. Together they typify our relation to the Christ: He gives His body to Magdalenes to be anointed, and He gives it likewise to Judases to be kissed. He gives Himself to good persons who repay Him with love and service, and He gives Himself to foes who crucify Him. We, of course, have been ––and are––both. We are Mary, and we are Judas. We are saint, and we are sinner.
Thy Kingdom Come: Lent and Easter Sermons
David H. Peterson