Date: Wednesday, April 16
Scripture: Mark 14:1-11
Verse: She has done what she could; she has anointed my body beforehand for its burial. (Mark 14:8)
Many of us have been in the place where we want to express an emotion, but have no idea how. We buy gifts for our spouse on our anniversary, in a feeble attempt to express our love, gratitude, and commitment. We send flowers to a funeral, knowing we cannot express our sympathy to the family. We bring a casserole over to one who has received a difficult diagnosis trying to express our gratitude for their friendship and our willingness to help. Sometimes, no matter how hard we try, we cannot express all that is in our hearts.
While Jesus is at dinner, an unnamed woman crashes the party, breaks open an expensive jar containing expensive oil, and pours it over Jesus’ head. When the people around him become upset with her, Jesus responds saying, “She has done what she could.” He sees right through the act to the heart of the one standing before him. Her gratitude for what his teaching, healing, or something else, has overflowed into this act.
The symbolism here is great. Jesus is anointed (the word messiah is Hebrew for “anointed one,” and Christ is Greek for “messiah”) not by a priest or other religious authority, but an unknown woman of little or no standing in the religious community. By contrast, in the story surrounding this one, Judas goes to the religious authorities to betray Jesus. May we seek to be more like the unnamed woman, showering our love on the one who has changed us, redeemed us, forgiven us.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, hear my heart in my feeble attempts to express my love for you. Amen.
Action: Can we do again today what we did yesterday — an act of love toward God, and another toward a neighbor?
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