Scripture: A reading from the Gospel of John (12:1-8)
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. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at the table with him. Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard, anointed Jesus’ feet, and wiped them with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (the one who was about to betray him), said, ‘Why was this perfume not sold for three hundred denarii and the money given to the poor?’ (He said this not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief; he kept the common purse and used to steal what was put into it.) Jesus said, ‘Leave her alone. She bought it so that she might keep it for the day of my burial. You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me.’
Today we might view Mary’s display of affection as rather bizarre. At the time, however, it was part of the tradition of the time to care for feet at a gathering. We see this when Jesus washes the feet of the disciples at the Last Supper. In both cases, deep love is being expressed through a physical sign of care for another.
In what ways have we experienced deep love through physical signs? How have we expressed deep love through physical signs? What might we do this week to show others that they are loved?
Prayer: Ruler of all creation, your Son was anointed with costly oil in preparation for death and the grave. Receive our acts of love and care for one another for the sake of him who died that we might live, Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen. (Based on BAS p. 301)
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