A woman came to him with a vase made of alabaster containing very expensive perfume. She poured it on Jesus’ head
while he was sitting at dinner.
In Jesus’ time, you weren’t supposed to be in the presence of persons with a skin disease—and certainly never eat with them. Jesus didn’t care about keeping rules that meant being unkind. He often healed people with such diseases. Jesus probably wanted to be with this person so that he could be healed.
There was a woman there who knew that Jesus was getting into lots of trouble with the religious leaders. With all that anger toward Jesus, she wanted to do something very special to show her love for him. She took her most expense bottle of perfume and poured it all over Jesus’ head. Imagine the lovely smell of perfume filling the air, making up for jealous, mean thoughts of others. If these thoughts could be smelled, there would be a stench!
Is there a special act of kindness that you are called to do for someone who needs to be loved?
Examples of Bible Breaths Learn More…
Perfume poured upon Your head v. 7
Pouring out my soul in love v. 7
This my body; this my blood v. 26-27
Faithful to You to the end v. 35
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In Year A, we continue to read from the Gospel of St. Matthew.
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