Mary Anoints Jesus
Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. There they gave a dinner for him. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at the table with him. Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard, anointed Jesus’ feet, and wiped them with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (the one who was about to betray him), said, ‘Why was this perfume not sold for three hundred denarii and the money given to the poor?’
While we aren’t receiving guests into our homes right now, Jesus was a guest in Mary’s house. She extends radical hospitality and blesses Jesus in a beautiful, personal way. Like Mary, we can be a blessing even in our domiciles. As you listen to today’s selection, find some oil (e.g. olive oil, baby oil, etc.). Use a small portion to make a sign of the cross on the forehead or hand to bless yourself or someone in your household on the road to Calvary.
Reflection: In this season, how can I be a blessing to someone else?