This Gospel reading is part of the events of Jesus’ ministry before his arrest, judgement and death. John tells us how Jesus is anointed in Bethany by Mary (john 12:1-11), then follows the entry into Jerusalem as a humble Messiah but acclaimed by the people (John 12:12-19). There has been a growing tension in the story. Jesus knows that the end of his is near. The “hour” for which he has come is that of his death. At the same time, it is the hour of his exaltation and glorification by the Father. Like him, believers are also invited to die to themselves to enter more fully into the life of the Father.