Mary's deep love for Jesus caused her to see the shadow of dying in his face.

Monday, 3/25/13

St. Mark, in his account of this anointing at Bethany, gave us the details many of us remember from this story.

St. Mark told us that Mary was anointing Jesus for his burial. Mary’s love for Jesus was so intense, that in the midst of the partying she perceived the sadness of death in his dear face. That spurred her to spend all she possessed to properly prepare him for death.

Another detail in Mark’s account that is missing here is Jesus telling Judas, “The poor you will always have, but you will not always have me with you.”

Then too, only in Mark do we hear Jesus saying, “Wherever the Gospel is proclaimed what she has done will be told in memory of her.”

(Father Ray Brown in his wonderful commentary on John’s Gospel said that John had his own roundabout ways of saying what Mark and the others tell us directly. In his commentary Ray Brown said that the Jews had a saying that the report of a good deed spreads like a fragrant perfume. So, here, in saying that the fragrance of Mary’s anointing filled the whole house, John was equivalently saying that her good deed would always be remembered.)  

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