Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard, anointed Jesus’ feet, and wiped them with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. (John 12:3 NRSV).
I remember the last four days of my Mother’s life. I was next to her bed day and night. The Priest from my Parish came to anoint Mom, but also to celebrate Holy Communion with us. My Mother was no longer able to eat or drink. The Priest knew that I needed the Body and Blood of Christ every bit as much as my Mother did. It was a beautiful moment at a difficult time.
Mary knew that Jesus’ time was coming soon. She knew that this would be her last opportunity to be as close to Jesus before His death. In this moment when Jesus was about to enter into His Passion and death, Mary imitates what Jesus is about to do, for Jesus. She gives the most expensive gift she has in her house and uses it to love Jesus who loved her and all of us in total selflessness.
If we ponder nothing else today, let us ponder these questions:
What in your life is your greatest and most cherished possession?
Are you willing to give your great and most treasured possession to love and honor Jesus’ unselfish sacrifice?
Brother Anselm Philip King-Lowe, OSB
“We mean that without an order from the abbot, no one may presume to give, receive or retain anything as his own, nothing at all–not a book, writing tablets or stylus–in short, not a single item, especially since monks may not have the free disposal of their own bodies and wills. For their needs, they are to look to the father of the monastery, and are not allowed anything which the abbot has not given or permitted. All things should be the common possession of all, as it is written, so that no one presumes to call anything his own. (Acts 4:32). (RB 1980: The Rule of Saint Benedict in Latin and English, Chapter 33 Monks and Private Ownership. p.231).