Matthew, Mark, Luke and John tell the story of what happened on the first day of the week following Jesus’ crucifixion. Luke tells us that after the Sabbath was over, in the early hours of the morning, Mary Magdalene, Joanna, and Mary the mother of James walked to the place where Jesus’ body had been laid. They came with spices to anoint his body for a proper burial. When they arrived the stone had been rolled away from the opening of the tomb so they peered into the emptiness.
They began to accuse (Jesus) saying “We found this man perverting our nation, forbidding us to pay taxes to the emperor, and saying that he himself is the Messiah, the king.” (Luke 23:2)
GIFT, SERVANTHOOD, and HOLY GROUND
….changing the soiled diaper for a baby
….holding the head of a child who is vomiting…..
…..massaging the fragile skin of an elderly infirm parent or relative…
…..cleaning the wound of a family member who has had surgery or an injury….
In these actions we anoint loved ones much as Mary anoints Jesus’ feet with nard. What enables us to perform
these acts of care and service which, if truth be told, are messy and unpleasant? Why would Mary anoint Jesus’
body for burial when he is still alive? Jesus is at Mary’s home for a dinner with Martha, Lazarus (who Jesus
recently raised from the dead), and some disciples including Judas Iscariot. This amazing dinner gathering tells
us much about servant-hood, discipleship, holiness, and living in the face of death.
And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling (about Jesus) and saying, “This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them. So (Jesus) told them this parable: “There was a man who had two sons…” (St. Luke15:2,3a,11)