Isaiah 42:1-9; Psalm 36:5-11; Hebrews 9:11-15; Mark 14:3-9 (read online ⧉)
Jesus was given as a covenant to us (Isaiah 42:6b; Hebrews 9:14-15). Can any of us truly understand just what that means? We get glimpses of it in our lives, but to truly understand it, we will have to have been resurrected. The width, length, height, and depth of it truly is beyond our comprehension.
That Jesus stoutheartedly continued on this path, knowing the coming afflictions, should amaze us all. Some are quick to dismiss it, as Jesus is God, but the mystery of being fully human must not be ignored. His full humanity was going to an inglorious and painful end. Knowing that part of the human condition is trying to find “the silver lining”, one can imagine Jesus’ heart when the perfume was poured upon him.
She probably didn’t understand Jesus’ heart, but that simple (and costly) act seemed to have touched Jesus. Jesus was quite correct. Her story has been told, along with his, since the resurrection. A simple act of love, a simple act of doing something in empathy, lives forever.
Anointing the anointed. People are set apart for certain tasks. There is a need for the Church and individuals to recognize those set apart, by anointing those who have been anointed by God.
1. Do you know of someone who has been set apart? Have you anointed them?
2. Anointing isn’t always oils or perfumes. What other forms do you think it could be?
3. It can be hard to embrace the dual natures of Jesus—God and Man. Do you ever struggle reconciling that in your heart and/or mind?
4. How would you, or could you, explain it to someone who does not know Jesus?