To give love from an overflowing love. The expensive perfume is a symbol of love – a love that accumulates in the silence and stillness of prayer. A love that can overflow through us toward the world – a world full of beings that need to be anointed with love so to remember and realize their unique destiny and ultimate joy in worship – as ones set apart for the love of and passivity to the Spirit of God, which is in part our most real joy and enduring purpose in this life.
Much of life keeps us asleep in the night of unconsciousness – as well as in the in-between zones of twilight – settling for a half-lived life and missing the mark on the fullness of life and light that Jesus demonstrated to us. Lent is an antidote to sleep and the power of the twilights. Lenten exercises and practices keep us from being swallowed up by the increasing twilight powers of unconscious thought, feeling and behavior.
Jesus sharp rebuke of the Teachers of the Law in this Gospel passage from today’s lectionary is a reminder that he must have been frustrated with over-reliance upon written scripture over against the real living presence of Wisdom and Love itself. An experience was available right there, but they preferred to argue over the law, turning the scriptures into something to think about and disagree with.
Perhaps this also follows the pattern of Jesus own passion. He who gave up his life to the authorities, took up his cross, and lifted up his life to God in total surrender and prayer, culminating with the Good Friday crowning declaration: into thy hands I commit my spirit.
Perhaps the “pool of healing” available to each of us in every moment is the refuge of silence and stillness. Twenty to thirty minutes soaking in the silence and stillness of meditative prayer, day by day, is a healing remedy for comprehensive wellness – body, mind and soul.
We walk toward Higher/Deeper life in Love and Wisdom – in the field of consciousness – a field that moves us toward a life of participation in the divine nature (1 Peter 1.4) and forms Christ in us through deliberate intention and activity (Galatians 4.19).