While defending her action, Jesus says, "What she has done for me is one of the good works. . . . She has done what was in her power to do: she has anointed my body beforehand for its burial." Mark 14:6b, 8
Fr. John Bartunek in The Better Part has powerful meditation on this passage, that I have to share with you, so it might touch you as I have been touched by it.
We can imagine the depth of understanding between them. Jesus knows her heart, and she knows that he knows, and with utter simplicity and confidence she expresses what is in her heart and what she can no longer contain. He looks into her eyes as she approaches him, and smiles. She adores him, she performs this gesture of welcome and appreciation. This rich exchange of hearts is inaccessible to the others. . . .
- The woman's gesture was generous, and true love is generous. Love flows like a waterfall, like a rushing fountain . . .
- The woman's gesture was costly, and true love is costly.
- Since love by definition is self-giving, when one loves one necessarily feels a certain loss, a certain self-sacrifice.
- The loss yields a profound joy, because the beloved benefits (and because we are created to love). . . .
- The woman's gesture was beautiful, and true love is the most beautiful reality of all.
Jesus's own true love is shown in his passion. He doesn't just pour out "a symbolic drop" of his blood. "He generously pours out all of his blood . . . he suffers betrayal, rejection, humiliation, injustice, physical (emotional, and spiritual) torment, and mockery".
O Wisdom of God, thank you for leaving us this example of one woman's great love for you in the Bible. Thank you for defending her.
Sacred Heart of Jesus, thank you for your most generous, costly, self-emptying, and beautiful love, being born in humility and poverty in a manager, in living a life of self-giving love, teaching, and healing, for laying down your life as the Lamb of God to bear our sins, and restore us as children of God. Thank you for staying with us until the end of the world in the generous giving of the Blessed Sacrament, and the Holy Spirit to dwell within us and mold us into your image.
I love you, Lord!