Date: April 7, 2019
In our gospel reading this week from John it begins: “Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. There they gave a dinner for him.” This was more than just a meal though, it was a celebration and time of great rejoicing.
And in the midst of all the hoopla, Mary does an extraordinary, extravagant, celebratory thing. She takes a pound of “pure nard,” a very expensive and aromatic perfume, and anoints Jesus’ feet with it.
It was an over-the-top act – but it was an over-the-top sort of day celebrating an over-the-top miracle. So Mary gave the precious perfume to show her gratitude. Of course she was criticized. Nobody ever does anything outside the norm without being criticized or at least questioned.
We are invited to join with Mary in being extravagantly grateful and generous to the Jesus who died for us, the Jesus who lives in our hearts, the Jesus who lives in our midst.!