Lavish Lovers

Neal Obstat Theological Opining

Mary of Bethany, whose love for Jesus in Luke’s Gospel inspires her to ‘waste’ time sitting at his feet listening to him, is inspired by that same extravagant love in today’s haunting Gospel as she lavishly ‘wastes’ genuine aromatic nard to anoint Jesus’ feet.

Interesting to note that Jesus links her gesture of extravagant, excessive love with his upcoming Passion.  Theologian Hans Urs von Baltahsar caught this point: ‘Wastefulness is the original Christian attitude …the entire Passion occurs under the sign of this complete self-wasting of God’s love for the world’

Go and do likewise…

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