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.