“The Lord has given me a well-trained tongue,” Isaiah, the prophet says, “that I might know how to speak to the weary – a word that will rouse them.”
Holy Week is time for rousing us – to pay greater attention to God’s word, his own Son’s love for us on the Cross.
At the outset of Mark’s Passion there is included the story of a woman from Bethany who anoints Jesus with precious ointment from an alabaster jar. This is an act of esteem, and kindness in view of the dangers ahead for Jesus and his followers.
Someone in the group says: “Why has there been this waste of perfumed oil?” To which Jesus responds: “She has done a good thing for me. She has done what she could”…. “Wherever the gospel is proclaimed to the whole world, what she has done, will be told in memory of her.”
This anointing of Christ on his journey to Jerusalem is an act of great kindness. The woman’s name is unknown to us; yet her gesture of kindness to the Lord is remembered eternally.
We too are capable of great kindness:
Kindness to those who are sick or in prison;
Kindness to friends and neighbors in need;
Kindness to our youth – in school or on the playing fields.
All of us are capable of great acts of kindness, but for the Cross, these actions of ours and their effects would come to a resolute end.
With the Cross of Christ, every act of kindness – even actions unknown or however slight — are moments of grace that live eternally.
“Wherever the gospel is proclaimed… what she has done, will be told in memory of her.”