Wednesday, August 26, 2009

In Memory of Her

She has done what she could; she has anointed my body beforehand for its burial. Truly I tell you, wherever the good news is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in remembrance of her.’ Mark 14:8-9

Some people are famous and every body knows their business. Admit it, most of us like to read those supermarket papers, the ones with weird stories about celebrities and their relationship or fashion mishaps. We love to ridicule people who make mistakes. We love to be above the mess and the fray, private people laughing at the public figures. Every time our president swats a fly, there is a commentary that lasts several days.

The religious leaders who were at table with Jesus were jealous of his fame and loving reception. They looked to find his flaws. Letting the woman pour expensive perfume was a great thing to ridicule and laugh about. They found great delight in abusing the woman and chastising Jesus. But Jesus knew her heart and her loving respect that made her want to do something lovely in the presence of the living God. God's love radiated into her broken existence and she wanted to show her appreciation. Those who would mock learn all too quickly that love is never to be dishonored - by a human savior or eternal God. The one selfless act of love becomes a story told for all times.

So, for today, I want to live remembering love trumps all the righteous, good and correct things I can do. If love and charity drive everything I do, than no matter the missteps and mistakes I make, God will be there. May we all remember that love's the thing - eternal, the story told for all times.

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