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.”
Matthew 26: 12 – 13
Like many people during the pandemic I have been watching copious amounts of television. I am getting reacquainted with familiar actors and discovering new ones. So, it is not surprising that in reading today’s passage I quickly came to see the unnamed woman as an actress in a leading role. Jesus declared that whenever His story was played out she would be part of that story. Perhaps there were not a huge number of female parts in the recorded version of the story, but those parts were significant and profound for Christian readers throughout the ages.
The unnamed women, like most unnamed characters in the record, are meant to represent us. We are the person interacting with Jesus. Wow, that sure takes one’s breath away! What we have done to/for/with Jesus will be remembered and spoken about as part of the good news proclaimed to the whole world. Along with the unnamed women we prepare Jesus for burial when we acknowledge the injustices in our world for it was injustices that had him killed.
The early church quickly recognized the men whom Jesus had commissioned to lead his new family. We have inherited the likes of James and John, Peter and Andrew. But leadership skills did not make them more important to the church and to Jesus. The unnamed woman was also to be remembered and given equal importance in the story of the redemption of creation. So with us, we do not have to be ministers or elders or deacons or organists to shine for God. Whether we are on stage, in the wings or taking our turn in the audience we all have a role in being Christ alive for our world. We may not get leading role glory or even much stage recognition in this lifetime, but Jesus knows and He will use our role as an integral part in building his church.
Prayer: To the Creator, our heavenly inspiration and friend, we pray for understanding so that we might see our role and accept it, as your church ventures out. We pray for our leaders, both spiritual and political, during these days of uncertainty. We pray for our medical teams. We pray for the ill, the recovering and the bereaved. We pray for our world. Amen
Action: Know that you have a gift. Know that it is important. Use it as the light God means it to be to bring hope in the weirdness of today.