Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard, anointed Jesus’ feet, and wiped them with her hair.
In the journey of life, circumstances will often align and we find ourselves with a momentary opportunity to act in accord with the passion of Christ. Someone is sick, hurting, in pain or in the hospital, and just for one moment we get the feeling that we should do something—visit, call, send some flowers. The moment quickly passes and the rush of life takes over. What we learn from Mary is that a momentary act of love, seemingly unimportant but prompted by a gut feeling, can have enormous consequences when it taps into the will of God. It makes me wonder what acts God is calling us to do for those and with those around us.
What acts of selfless love are we being called to do in order to change others’ lives and honor God in each other?
—Shannon Ferguson Kelly
2012 Lenten Meditations, Episcopal Relief and Development