Monday, 21 March 2016

In remembrance...

Mark 14:3-9
The Anointing at Bethany
While he was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at the table, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very costly ointment of nard, and she broke open the jar and poured the ointment on his head. But some were there who said to one another in anger, “Why was the ointment wasted in this way? For this ointment could have been sold for more than three hundred denarii, and the money given to the poor.” And they scolded her. But Jesus said, “Let her alone; why do you trouble her? She has performed a good service for me. For you always have the poor with you, and you can show kindness to them whenever you wish; but you will not always have me. She has done what she could; she has anointed my body beforehand for its burial. Truly I tell you, wherever the good news is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in remembrance of her.”

What she has done ...
Gifting her precious ointment
Sensuously pouring it on Jesus' head
Not minding those
with whom he dined
Overcoming her fear
with love so pure
it could not be denied
Stepping into the line of fire
because it was now or never
will be told...
Told with scorn
Told with wonder
Told with derision
Told with awe
Embellished
Diminished
Repeated in myriad ways
in remembrance of her...
Who did this
in memory of him.

Prayer
God, just for a moment give us the audacity to do as this woman did,
taking risks to show our love. Stepping out of line and not counting the cost.

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