|In a prophetic act, Mary the sister of Martha and Lazarus anoints Jesus’ feet and fills the house with the fragrance of life. In times of difficulty, it can be jarring when we notice extravagance. When resources are precious, it can seem wasteful to toss them about. Mary offers up extremely costly perfume to anoint Jesus’ feet, as a gracious act of thanksgiving, and Jesus affirms her act. The actual cost is undoubtedly secondary to the fact that Mary, through this generosity, is recognizing Jesus as one worthy of all our thanks and praise, no matter the cost.
What has God done for you that might lead you to offer up all you have in thanksgiving?
pour out your love and mercy on me this day.
Hear my prayers
and open my heart
to know the joy of your presence
and the joy of lavishing the gifts
we receive from you upon others.