Tuesday 30th March

Tuesday 30th March

Pray that as you read his word he will help you to know his love, and understand his word………….

Bible Reading Mark 14:3-9

While he was in Bethany, reclining at the table in the home of Simon the Leper, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, made of pure nard. She broke the jar and poured the perfume on his head.

Some of those present were saying indignantly to one another, ‘Why this waste of perfume? It could have been sold for more than a year’s wages and the money given to the poor.’ And they rebuked her harshly.

‘Leave her alone,’ said Jesus. ‘Why are you bothering her? She has done a beautiful thing to me. The poor you will always have with you, and you can help them any time you want. But you will not always have me. She did what she could. She poured perfume on my body beforehand to prepare for my burial. Truly I tell you, wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.’

 

Reflection

I knew he was at the leper’s house. I really wanted to see him, but I couldn’t go empty handed. He’d done so much for me, I had to give him something. I finally decided to take a jar of nard. I know it was valuable but it just seemed the right thing to do.

When I got to the leper’s house and looked inside, it was full of people. It was difficult to go in but Simon was never bothered by social conventions, especially if they kept needy people on the side-lines. So, I took a deep breath, fixed my eyes on Jesus, and went into the house.

The noise of conversation stopped as I went into the room, you could have heard a pin drop! I could feel everyone’s eyes boring into me as I approached Jesus. He looked at me with those kind eyes, smiled and beckoned me over to him. It was as if he knew why I’d come. I knelt down at his feet and broke the jar. The room filled with the beautiful perfume. I quickly scooped up as much of the oil in my hands, as I could and poured it over his head.  

That’s when the muttering started, the people who’d watched were horrified! I could hear them “what a waste! What a waste of such expensive perfume! Stupid woman, that could have been sold to get money to give to the poor.” But that’s not what I wanted the oil for.

I looked into Jesus’ face, he smiled at me again. Those eyes were full of grace and thankfulness, as if he was honoured by what I’d done, by my presence. Then he turned away and glared at the people in the room who’d criticised and praised me. He praised me for the good service I’d done, preparing him for burial. I looked at him confused; what did he mean? he was still alive. Then he seemed to drift away, like he was daydreaming, thinking of something. I’m sure I even saw his eyes fill with tears.

He came to and noticed me looking at him. He smiled again and declared to everyone that what I’d done for him would be told wherever his Gospel was preached! Wow! And I thought he’d already done everything for me. What an honour!

Read the Bible passage again, asking that God would speak to you………..

Pray be quiet and allow the Holy Spirit to show you who needs to know God’s love, and how you can show that love especially to those who are excluded from society…………………

As we walk towards the cross this week, Lord we pray that you would open our eyes to the needs of the people around us. We thank you that you provide for us and never leave us, use us to bring you love and grace to them.

We thank you for everything you have done for us, we offer our lives to you, surrendering every part. We don’t have the words to express our thanks, all we can do is bring ourselves. Accept us we pray. Amen.