The Fragrance of Sacrifice - aifc

A Reflection on Matthew 26:6-13

While Jesus was in Bethany in the home of Simon the Leper,  a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, which she poured on his head as he was reclining at the table. Matthew 26:6-7

In the intimate setting of a dinner with one of Lazarus’ neighbours, Mary, the sister of Lazarus, performs an act of extravagant worship. She pours out an extremely costly perfume—an amber-coloured essence of nard—upon Jesus’ feet, symbolising her deep love and devotion.

Identifying with Mary: Sacrificing Something Precious

As we contemplate Mary’s sacrificial act, we are prompted to examine our own hearts. How do we relate to Mary in this story? Are we willing to sacrifice something precious for the sake of worshipping Jesus? This story can challenge us to examine our priorities and evaluate our willingness to give sacrificially to honour and serve Jesus. May it inspire us to grow in our devotion to Him and live lives that reflect His love and grace to the world around us.

The Power of Mary’s Sacrifice

Mary’s perfume was a significant element in the story of Jesus’ final days. The lingering scent of her fragrance filled not only the room but also the pages of the gospel. It accompanied Him to the Garden of Gethsemane, where Judas betrayed Him with a kiss, and to the cross, where Mary stood weeping at His feet. The aroma seemed to symbolise Mary’s love and devotion towards Jesus and the sorrow and pain those who witnessed His crucifixion felt. 

Embracing Sacrifice this Easter

This Easter, we are challenged to consider what costly offering we can bring before Jesus. It may require relinquishing our own desires, forgiving those who have wronged us, or stepping out of our comfort zones to serve others.

Conclusion: A Fragrant Offering of Love

As we journey through the Easter season, may we carry the fragrance of sacrifice with us, offering our lives as a fragrant offering of love and devotion to our Savior. Like Mary, let us pour out our hearts at Jesus’ feet, trusting that He is worthy of all our praise and adoration.

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