The Woman

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Holy Week - the most beautiful week in all of history. It’s a week where scheming, self-serving, power-hungry souls serve to highlight stunning love.

We catch this contrast in a scene from Mark. During Holy Week (Passover and Festival of Unleavened Bread) two thousand years ago, along came … a woman.

She entered the home where Jesus was reclining at a table. She brought with her an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume. She broke the jar and poured the perfume on his head.

That’s it. That’s what she did.

The exchange between Jesus and the woman is a striking contrast to the dark backdrop of the powerful religious leaders who were plotting to kill Him, and the “who’s who” reclining at the table who were indignant at the women's behavior.

Jesus defends her multiple times, saying:

  • “Leave her alone.”
  • “She has done a beautiful thing to me.”
  • “She did what she could.”

And the centerpiece:

Truly I tell you, wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told in memory of her.
— Mark 14:9

Who is this woman? What’s her name?

We don’t know.

Is she wealthy? Poor? Did that year’s wage-worth of fine fragrance use up all she had, or did it come out of her family fortune?

We don’t know.

But we do know her loving act was in response to having been so loved. Apparently, that was identity enough.

I pray it is for you, too.



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Your Calling For Today

If you’re reading this and don’t know Jesus as the forgiver of your sins and the leader of your life, if you don’t know Him as the One who outrageously loves you, tell Him you receive all He offers you today. I’d love to hear from you, dear one.

Stacey Wei