The Gospel reading for today’s liturgy has always captured my imagination–Mary’s gift of anointing Jesus’ feet with a perfumed nard and then drying them with her hair (cf. John 12:1-11). What a touching gesture, a communication of love from her heart–and Jesus, the Master Communicator, reads the gesture for what it truly is.
As a writer I work with words, but silence and gestures are ways to communicate that can be more powerful than any words. This week, we ponder the ultimate “gesture” of love – Jesus giving his life for us. My own small prayer in response to this is to accept and believe in his love.
That You, my God, are good, gentle and loving, and that You love me personally, with a tremendous love
That You not only want but will my good, what is best for me
That You are with me, working in me and for me even when I feel alone
That You are bringing me a future full of hope;
That You lead me on a path that leads to life!