Saturday, April 08, 2017

Anointed and Prepared

Deus caritas est! “…God is love.” 1 John 4:16
As we enter this season of reflection and renewal, let’s rediscover God calling to His children, revealing His goodness, and transforming each one with Perfect Love. "This is real love – not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins" (1 John 4:10) ~ Donna Oswalt

For God himself works in our souls, in their deepest depths, taking increasing control as we are progressively willing to be prepared for His wonder. Thomas Kelly, Devotional Classics by Foster/Smith

During these weeks of Lent, the intention is to be a time of reflection, a time for the soul to be prepared to once again consider the sacrifice of the Perfect Lamb for sinners, imperfect in every way. This is not to suggest that the Easter season is the only time for reflection or study; certainly it is not , but it can be a time of spiritual renewal. As the last week approaches and the familiar story unfolds, be prepared to listen, be prepared for His wonder.

But Jesus said, "Let her alone; she has kept this for the day of My burial." John 12:7

As you read this account of Mary's anointing Jesus feet with expensive perfume, consider the extravagance of her gesture. Commentaries tell us this expensive perfume equals a year's wages. Mary receives criticism from one of His disciples, Judas Iscariot. Jesus intercedes, once again reminding that He will not be with them much longer. Mary's soul somehow understands the gravity of the time at hand. She abandons the expected role, steps outside the boundaries. Mary senses the wonder of Jesus and the house is filled with the fragrance of love.

READ John 12:1-8

consider this!

- List all those Scripture mentions as being present at this dinner.

- What is your reaction to Judas' comment?

- Now, consider the extravagance of Jesus' love.

Lord, in Your presence I find unspoken joy, wordless praise, endless thanksgiving. You draw me to Perfect Love, and I long for more. Prepare my heart and mind and soul as I once again walk the dusty roads up to Jerusalem, stand in the crowds watching, listen to the mocking, see the Body broken for me, contemplate the cross, find the empty tomb. Amen. -dho

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