It’s the day after the vivid day of palms; and I stand on the edge of emptiness, in the aftermath that is also preparation. I hold what keeps me tethered to the movement that will free me. I turn, as I so often do in this time, to a text I can feel in my fingertips, in the palms of my hands and in my heart. I turn to a story of the woman anointing Jesus (Mark 14: 3-9)
I turn today holding the sight of fragile bodies attacked by gas, or guns, people walking over borders in snow, single suitcases carrying a lifetime. I turn holding the sight of women spare as cursive, curved over their beloved starving children. I can feel this text too in my fingertips.
I enter this week when the fragile, broken body of the Compassionate One will bend over the beloved world, the skin and heart of it, and I enter it through this story.
This text we may read and pray is for me such a strong affirmation of our bodies and our beings and the gifts we bring to one another. An affirmation also of Love’s insistence that we listen to the holy depth within us, listen to know that particular part of ourselves we are called to pour out over the body of Christ and the skin of the world.
This is a text that describes such risk and audacity. Who would imagine that poured perfume would be the perfect gift for that particular moment of Love’s life? Who but you and the one to whom you give it can know the holiness of your gift?
We stand on the lip of Holy Week and I long for us to enter that week in response to Love’s call. Each of us will enter carrying our own jar. Each of us will pour it out on the worn skin of the Holy Life in a particular way. We find the way that allows us to stay close. We search the offering that knows and soaks each holy day in a way that may transform it.
We find some small audacious or quiet way to honour the One who will suffer, suffer not to grimly pay some debt, to complete some awful transaction, but to be in our bodies and consciousness the fullest experience of a life lived, of Love, in joy and in anguish.
You can read Mark 14: 3 – 9 here http://bible.oremus.org
You may enter it more deeply through the following meditation.