Scripture: Matthew 26: 1-16
Key Verse: Matthew 13 “Truly I tell you, wherever this good news is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in remembrance of her.”
Reflection: The unnamed woman recognizes Jesus as the messiah and as a faithful act of discipleship, anoints his feet with a costly ointment. This story is told in all four gospels. In each version, the story reflects the same basic story: a woman anoints Jesus. The incident causes objections which Jesus rejects. Her actions were a powerful testimony to the significance of Jesus impending death. The disciples were not ready to accept that he would not be with them and so they could not understand.
Jesus stands up for this woman by honoring the risk she takes. There are not many places in scripture where Jesus honors an individual and the fact that it is a woman is significant. He states that…”wherever this good news is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in remembrance of her. “ Her testimony was extravagant and it proclaims good news again and again. It causes me to wonder if we have a testimony to share or the courage to risk sharing that testimony?
Prayer: You are the God from whom I receive unconditional love, consuming it as if it were a commodity. I trust your love but speaking about it is a risk and offering it to others is hard. Being transformed by your love is the next step that I take at this moment, knowing that transformation takes time. May your son transform me on this journey. Amen.
Author: Michelle Thomas-Bush
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].