Blessed Holy Week
Yesterday’s reading at Mass was a beautiful visual of a woman in love.
And while he was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at table, a woman came with an alabaster flask of ointment of pure nard, very costly, and she broke the flask and poured it over his head. But there were some who said to themselves indignantly, “Why was the ointment thus wasted? For this ointment might have been sold for more than three hundred denarii, and given to the poor.” And they reproached her. But Jesus said, “Let her alone; why do you trouble her? She has done a beautiful thing to me. For you always have the poor with you, and whenever you will, you can do good to them; but you will not always have me. She has done what she could; she has anointed my body beforehand for burying. And truly, I say to you, wherever the gospel is preached in the whole world, what she has done will be told in memory of her.” Mark 13:3-9
This woman was bold, courageous and moved. What led her to do this? Love. She loved Jesus and knew what she could do for him. So she went ahead and did it. Sure it was costly. The ointment was expensive! But it was also costly for her to enter the house of the leper, to approach Jesus, to put herself in a position of judgement, which the onlookers did do. They judged her. But Jesus was there and stood by her side.
I really like how Jesus says ‘She has done what she could.’ Sometimes I feel like the things I do in life do not matter much. He knows and sees that I have done what I could. This week let us show Jesus our love by doing what we can, in our everyday life, with the alabaster jars we have.
What is your alabaster jar? What costly thing can you break open and pour out over our Lord? Your heart? Your will? Your desires?
Let us love our Lord this week by entering into prayer. Spending quiet alone time with him and giving to Him our own alabaster flask, ask him to show you how you can anoint him this week.