The Lord Be With You Today!

Matthew 26:6-13
While Jesus was in Bethany in the home of Simon the Leper,
a woman came to Him with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume,
which she poured on His head as He was reclining at the table.

(As the wonder of the Easter miracle unfolds before us this week,
we see Jesus in Jerusalem at a dinner after His triumphant entry into His city.
While He dined there, a woman formerly of ill repute, brings an alabaster jar,
a common container of the day, filled with costly perfume,
perhaps even what had served as payment to her in her former, sinful life,
and she symbolically pours out her sin at Jesus' feet
which He, in turn, takes on Himself and carries to the cross.
Today, as He still engages with us in our everyday activities,
we still bring to Him all our life of sin, our sin nature, and lay it at His feet.)

When the disciples saw this, they were indignant.
“Why this waste?” they asked.
“This perfume could have been sold at a high price and the money given to the poor.”
Aware of this, Jesus said to them, “Why are you bothering this woman?
She has done a beautiful thing to Me.The poor you will always have with you,
but you will not always have Me. When she poured this perfume on My Body,
she did it to prepare Me for burial.
Truly I tell you, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world,
what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.”

(Even as this unpretentious, but deeply grateful woman was commended,
our seemingly lowly and humble acts of worship and honor to the Lord
count to our reward even as they honor the One Whom we serve.
As we pour out what we have and offer it to Him,
even as we give Him our sin and failures,
even as we give Him the joy of our forgiveness in Him,
He rejoices in our gift of love to Him.)

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.

(The people who made up this woman’s community
harshly judged and criticized her tender act of pure devotion and worship.
How easy it is for us, how eager we are, to be judgmental of others.
How careful we should be that we do not look down on others' actions
because of our skewed and unseeing perspectives.)
and criticize and judge them out of our own misguided and sinful perspectives.)

“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.”

(Bathed in the perfume of atonement and sacrifice,
Jesus accepts even the lowliest among us, even the lowliest act of service,
and allows us to be a picture He draws of the wonder and beauty
of His ability to redeem and change a life.
What a Lord we serve and what a testament to His ability to redeem our lives today!)


May the Lord richly bless you this day!

In Christ's love,

Blessings,

Sally
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