Scripture

Matthew 26: 6 -13yellow pouring out

6 Now while Jesus was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, 7 a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very costly ointment, and she poured it on his head as he sat at the table. 8 But when the disciples saw it, they were angry and said, “Why this waste?   9 For this ointment could have been sold for a large sum, and the money given to the poor.”

10 But Jesus, aware of this, said to them, “Why do you trouble the woman? She has performed a good service for me. 11 For you always have the poor with you, but you will not always have me. 12 By pouring this ointment on my body she has prepared me for burial. 13 Truly I tell you, wherever this good news is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in remembrance of her.”

 

Reflection

I bet you can remember a time when you acted incredibly extravagantly.  It was a special occasion, and you went all out.   Perhaps it was a special birthday, a graduation, an anniversary, a promotion at work.    And to celebrate, you spent more, way more than you usually do.  Someone looking in from the outside might have said to you, “Really?  You’re going to spend THAT much on this?”

“Really?” said the disciples as they watched the woman pour the costly perfume on Jesus’ head.  “Why this waste?”

When was the last time that we did something extravagant for Jesus — something that others would look at and wonder if we’re a bit crazy?    What might we do next?

 

Prayer

Dear Lord,

You are so precious to us.

Perhaps especially so as we follow you in these Lenten days, knowing the path that you are taking and the cross that stands at the end.

May we find ways to shower you with our love and devotion.

Unreservedly.

Amen.

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