DayBreaks for 05/31/11 – Saturated
Mary therefore took a pound of expensive ointment made from pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. – John 12:3
John’s vocabulary allows us to both see, and smell, this incident in the life of Jesus and Mary. You’ve probably experienced something like it – someone was wearing a fragrance that was so strong that you suspected they had dumped the whole bottle on themselves! Mary’s gift of perfume apparently nearly overwhelmed the people in the house. The smell “filled” the house, Luke says. The house was “filled with the fragrance. No one could escape it. If you had been allergic to perfume, you’d have had to leave. It was so strong, the smell surely stayed in the house long after Jesus left. For days after, the scent was a constant reminder that Jesus had been in their home, and that he’d made a profound difference in the way siblings related to one another. When Jesus becomes the focus of your family, the difference will saturate your home, too. It’ll fill every corner, and affect every relationship.
PRAYER: Fill our homes and our lives with Your Presence and heal our relationships! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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