Holy Week – Day 2

By on 15/04/2019

Extravagant love

Monday 15th April

Mary brought in a pound of very costly ointment, pure nard, and with it anointed the feet of Jesus, wiping them with her hair; the house was full of the scent of the ointment. (John 12:1-8)

Whenever I go past a bakery, I am reminded of the times when I was younger when we used to go to the bakery where my mum worked after school. The sugary sweet smell was so delicious to me and I still love the smell of bakeries today!

Most people have experienced a smell that floods their mind with memories of a person, place, or event. Our sense of smell relates closely to how we experience life and process significant memories. I cannot tell most men’s aftershave apart until I’m in a crowd and someone is wearing the one my husband wore when we were dating.

In the story about Mary washing the feet of Jesus with the precious oil, it says that the aroma filled the house and you can just imagine that intoxicating smell.

What Mary does expresses her deep love for Jesus.

Mary’s gift exceeds extravagance. She purchases a pound of perfume valued at about the yearly income of a manual labourer. Mary honours Jesus in an extravagant way and gives us permission to do the same. She uses her hair, which is a very intimate act, to wash the feet of Jesus. Do we think of Jesus with such affection? How do we honour Him, who died for us on the cross?

Could we be described as so devoted to Jesus that we give nothing less than the costly, precious gift of our whole self – down to every last strand of hair.

In holy week we walk with Jesus towards his death and resurrection. What he sacrificed for us can never be forgotten, like a scent we can never forget.

PRAYER: Lord, here I am. This is me in all my imperfections and I need you today. I want to honour you with everything I have today. I want be more like Mary in learning how to love you extravagantly and sacrificially. Thank you that you love me extravagantly. Amen.

Written by
Sandra Purcell: Responsible for assisting Bruce with his Ministry as well as research and resource development.


12 comments on “Holy Week – Day 2

  1. Wooow Sandra this is extremely good and motivating! I’m praying that my love for Jesus reaches that of Mary and that his scent remain with me forever not only during the Holy Week but forever in Jesus name I pray Amen🙏

  2. Help me to pray and understand Holly week more this year as I need to understand the need of praying to help my family with peace in ourselves love one another with the hurt of what we going through at the moment

  3. Lord i know you are with me everyday of my life
    I know the wonderful things you have done for like selling our business and making our daughter better
    I never forget you lord you have been good to me and been by me through out my life . I know you are with me in these difficult and challenging times and you will have the right answer for me
    At the end

  4. I just need to know jesus more ? as l had been drifting most of my life in worthy pleasures of this earth

    1. Sandra, Thank you!
      Your reflecting takes me to a prayer of my youth, that has accompanied me along the journey of life.
      A prayer of Cardinal Newman …..
      “Lord Jesus, help me to spread your fragrance everywhere I go.
      Flood my soul with your Spirit and Life.
      Penetrate and possess my being so utterly, that all I meet may know your presence in my soul. . . ”
      How is this for memory?? I am sure you’d find the rest of the prayer on Google.)
      Maureen

  5. Thank You Lord for this Holy Week. Help us to enter Jerusalem with You, stand beneath Your cross on Good Friday as You gave up Your life for us sinners, and let us rise triumphantly with You on Easter Sunday. Amen.

  6. Thank you Sandra for your thoughtful thoughts throughout this Lenten season, may God Bless you & yours, also Bruce, Rosemary & the Team. May God Bless you & the Team & help you to reach the ends of the earth with you message of Christ.

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