And being in Bethany at the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at the table, a woman came having an alabaster flask of very costly oil of spikenard. Then she broke the flask and poured it on his head. (Mark 14:3)
Holy Spirit, help us give our best to Jesus.
But there were some who were indignant among themselves, and said, “Why was this fragrant oil wasted? For it might have been sold for more than three hundred denarii and given to the poor.” And they criticized her sharply. (Mark 14:4-5)
Holy Spirit, set us free from hardness of heart and a “bean counter” mentality. Help us rejoice in whatever anyone gives to Jesus.
But Jesus said, “Let her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a good work for me. For you have the poor with you always, and whenever you wish you may do them good; but me you do not have always. (Mark 14:6-7)
Father, please help us recognize all the opportunities you give us to help the poor.
She has done what she could. She has come beforehand to anoint my body for burial. (Mark 14:8 )
Jesus, prepare our hearts to understand what you are about to go through for us.
Assuredly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be told as a memorial to her.” (Mark 14:9)
Father, help us to be living memorial stones that point to the work of Jesus in our lives. Thank you. (See Joshua 4:19-24)
A word received: You are in my hand. Rest there.
Monday in Holy Week: 36:5-10; Isaiah 42:1-9; Hebrews 11:39-12:3; John 12:1-11 or Mark 14:3-9
Tuesday in Holy Week: 71:1-12; Isaiah 49:1-6; 1 Corinthians 1:18-31; John 12:37-38,42-50 or Mark 11:15-19
Monday: 51:1-18(19-20) * 69:1-23; Lam. 1:1-2,6-12: 2 Cor. 1:1-7: Mark 11:12-25
Tuesday: 6, 12 * 94;Lam. 1:17-22: 2 Cor. 1:8-22: Mark 11:27-33