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.
Matthew 26: 6 – 7
Are you given to extravagant gestures? The woman’s actions in this passage are both bold and extravagant and, as we will see in the next verses, they prompted a mixed response! How might you have felt if you had witnessed her actions?
What she did was borne out of complete awe, wonder and love for this man, Jesus, whom she had heard speak profound truths and witnessed healing the sick and raising the dead. Her commitment was overwhelming and flowed out in this moment of spontaneous love and thankfulness.
Are there occasions when we are overwhelmed by that same awe, wonder and love for Christ? How do we express it? Are there times when our breath is taken away by the beauty of nature or when we experience, however fleetingly, that ‘peace which passes all understanding’ (Philippians 4:7)? Without a jar of expensive perfume, how can we express our thanks for all that Christ does for us?
Prayer: Christ Jesus, help us not to be shy in expressing our love for you. Help us to see you in all things and let our love overflow. Amen.
Action: Enjoy the scent from a bottle of perfume – or go outside and breathe in the scent of a flower. Think of this story.