FOR WEDNESDAY TODAY’S SCRIPTURE READING: Matthew 26:6-13
I can guarantee this truth: Wherever this Good News is spoken in the world, what she has done will also be told in memory of her.” (Matthew 26:13; GOD’S WORD Translation)
Many people today seem to be preoccupied with trying to make a name for themselves. Celebrities hungry for attention do all kinds of things to get their names in the headlines. People of all walks of life line up for hours on end to be a contestant on shows like “America’s Got Talent” to have their moment in the spotlight. There are countless lists found on the internet that tell how to make a name for yourself in all kinds of jobs. There are times, I confess, when I wonder if anyone will remember my name when I’m gone.
The surprising thing about this little episode where an alabaster jar of expensive perfume is poured over the head of Jesus is that we are never told the name of this woman. Evidently, she wasn’t trying to make a name for herself. She only wanted to express her love of Jesus by giving him all she had. Whereas a few drops of perfume might have been sufficient, she was extravagant in what she gave Jesus. Hence, Jesus noted that her act, what she did and not her name, would be remembered.
Brad, the author of an on-line commentary call Atone writes: “What was done to Jesus by this woman will stand as an eternal example for us. We too should pour out everything we own over Jesus. We too should be inspired to exercise our faith generously, even embarrassingly so. And all because what of Jesus has done for us on the cross…”
PRAYER: Instead of us worrying over whether or not our name will be remembered, Lord of All, inspire us to be faithful and generous with all that we have to give. Amen.
*The Scripture Reading for each day is selected from the Revised Common Daily Lectionary used in A Disciple’s Journal – 2017 by Steven W. Manskar]