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Scripture Reference: Gospel of John 12: 1-7, Matthew 26: 6-13, Mark 14: 3-9
In these scriptures we see Mary of Bethany’s sacrifice; we hear her heart beat. We understand her release and her embrace of freedom because we know of her hope. Apart from Jesus himself, she was the only human being present to invite the work of the cross. She saw the tragedy ahead and welcomed the new life that it would bring for all of us.
This is a position that she could take only after sitting at his feet and learning about him, understanding his desires, and our purpose for action. This is a position that she took after deep suffering and being heartbroken because of the death of her brother, Lazarus. This is a position that she took after experiencing unspeakable joy because Jesus worked a miracle (not for someone else) but in her own life. Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead was extremely personal. In addition to learning from his ministry, she called him friend. She loved him and he loved her deeply.
Discussion Point: “God’s love changes us. Radically. All of us. And when we are different, we make a difference in our world.” Elisa Morgan, page 5
If you have not already done so, I encourage you to read the introduction of the book. Introductions serve a purpose; they give us a roadmap for where we are going. I like to know where I am headed, and when I don’t know, that concerns me. In the introduction, Elisa shares her assumptions that most of us care about life, world issues, injustices, sicknesses, and disease. She assumes that we care about ourselves, our neighbors, our co-workers, and the person walking down the street. I assume the same things about the readers of this blog. If we do care, are we displaying that in our daily actions? If so, then thank you for doing what you can. If not, then why not? Elisa shares her understanding that women are busy, have numerous responsibilities, and are now wearing more hats than ever. I get that; I really do. Part of that reality is the driving force for our thinking that we have to do everything, or something grand, or something that no one else has ever done. The truth is that we don’t have to do any of those things. We can evaluate our gifts and talents, reassess our time commitments, and prayerfully consider, “What if I did what I could?”
Mary of Bethany used what she had, and did what she could. As a result, this is the place where Mary finds her legacy. People will always remember and talk about Jesus; therefore, they will also remember her actions on this particular day and talk about her.
Because you are a girl or a woman who cares, how will you embrace your legacy?