Thursday, July 19, 2018

In Remembrance of Her

When Jesus had finished saying all these things, he said to his disciples, “You know that after two days the Passover is coming, and the Son of Man will be handed over to be crucified.”

Then the chief priests and the elders of the people gathered in the palace of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas, and they conspired to arrest Jesus by stealth and kill him. But they said, “Not during the festival, or there may be a riot among the people.” Now while Jesus was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very costly ointment, and she poured it on his head as he sat at the table. But when the disciples saw it, they were angry and said, “Why this waste? For this ointment could have been sold for a large sum, and the money given to the poor.” But Jesus, aware of this, said to them, “Why do you trouble the woman? She has performed a good service for me. For you always have the poor with you, but you will not always have me. By pouring this ointment on my body she has prepared me for burial. Truly I tell you, wherever this good news is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in remembrance of her.” Then one of the twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, “What will you give me if I betray him to you?” They paid him thirty pieces of silver. And from that moment he began to look for an opportunity to betray him. Matthew 26:1-16 

In Remembrance of Her 

They saw her in the store
remembering her kindness
when they were very poor
they wrapped their arms around
the one who fed them as children.

They knew the face of an angel
one who loved them completely
a stranger who dared to come in
to the pain and sorrow of children
parents locked away from them.

We will remember always
the ones who returned our joy
who filled our aching bellies
who washed us clean and saw
the goodness in each of us.

If you would know holiness
seek the old poorer women
whose laugh and hug as they
find the ones in need feeding
them as their very own family.

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