“Woman with the Jar and Judas”

On March 24, Pastor Katy preaches on Matthew 26:6-16.

6 While Jesus was in Bethany in the home of Simon the Leper, 7 a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, which she poured on his head as he was reclining at the table. 8 When the disciples saw this, they were indignant. “Why this waste?” they asked. 9 “This perfume could have been sold at a high price and the money given to the poor.” 10 Aware of this, Jesus said to them, “Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing to me. 11 The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have me. 12 When she poured this perfume on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial. 13 Truly I tell you, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.”

14 Then one of the Twelve—the one called Judas Iscariot—went to the chief priests 15 and asked, “What are you willing to give me if I deliver him over to you?” So they counted out for him thirty pieces of silver. 16 From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand him over.

There are movements in history that are greater than the sum of their parts. Guarded within the swirling, destructive winds of a hurricane, there is a pause of peace and of clarity in the eye of the storm. Matthew’s version of the woman with the alabaster jar is both a profound movement in history and the pause in the storm. Set between two narratives about Judas’ betrayal and the plans for Jesus’ death, we find an unnamed woman whose single act of sacred waste is so profound that Jesus insists it be told and re-told right along with the Gospel.

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