Gospel Reflection: The Anointing

Here’s a prayer reflection on John 12:1-8 (or Matthew 26:6-13, Mark 14:3-9, Luke 7:36-50), where Mary anoints Jesus’ feet with perfume.  It was written by Thom Shuman.



(inspired by John 12:1-8, Matthew 26:6-13, Mark 14:3-9, Luke 7:36-50)



we have preserved our joy

in manna jars

    for the long winter of despair,

    storing them in the dark corners

                of our souls,

        we have forgotten

        its gritty taste;



we have put a tight lid

on our joy,

    and put it in the back 

    of the pantry,

            we have forgotten

            how it can tickle

            our noses;



we are so busy 

    prattling pious platitudes

    about the poor, the least, the lost,

            we ignore your words

            which anoint them

            as your children;



we have put up 

the shutters and storm doors

    to keep your future

    from sneaking in,

        we have missed

        the sweet breeze

        carrying your hope

             to us;



we are who we are,

        restore us, Holy Grace,

    and make us 

    a fragrant offering

            to the world.


~ Copyright © Thom M. Shuman. Posted on Prayers4Today.  http://prayersfortoday.blogspot.ca/