Betania

The second L'Arche house is called Betania. In the gospel of John, we encounter a village Betania. Betania means a "House of the poor". It is located about 2 kilometers to the east of Jerusalem on the South-eastern slope of the Mount of Olives. It is recorded in the New Testament as the home of Martha, Mary and Lazarus. Events taking place in Betania portray the house we dream of: a community based on service and love. Every person is valued for who they are but not what they are able to do. In the house of poor, a supper is prepared in honour of Jesus, a very expensive perfume of pure natrd is used to anoint the feet of Jesus and a place that was before filled with bad smell of the death of Lazarus is now full of fragrance.


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