Here’s a prayer reflection inspired by John 12, where Mary anoints Jesus’ feet with expensive perfume. It was written by Ann Siddall, and posted on the website of the Stillpoint Spirituality Centre.
(inspired by John 12: 1-8)
Mary moved to the table,
holding the precious ointment,
her eyes meeting and holding
the gaze of the One preparing to die.
Mary fell to her knees
and broke open her treasure,
massaging the fragrant oil into his feet,
and wiping them with her hair.
Mary kept her eyes on his,
as a collective sigh arose,
followed by a bitter criticism,
an attempt to disqualify her action.
Mary’s tense shoulders relaxed
at his words “Leave her alone”:
Defended by Jesus
she could take on the whole world.
Jesus, friend and defender,
may we who remember her story,
be emboldened to live
with sensuality, courage and passion. Amen.
~ written by Ann Siddall, and posted on the website of the Stillpoint Spirituality Centre. http://www.stillpointsa.org.au/