Please Join Dr Will this coming Sunday October 10th, 2021, as he preaches, “Holy Waste: Amazing Generosity” (Psalm 32; John 12:1-11), Part 1 of the series Radical Hospitality.
You certainly have heard the saying, “Whatever you do, don’t declare your love publicly and carve your initials plus those of your beloved into a tree.” We live in a society where it is uncomfortable to display emotion in public. Yet, it is not, however, surprising, to see at times grandpa or grandma crying during the singing of the national anthem, or even better to see men who claimed they would never cry, then cry when their favorite football team wins the super bowl.
In our text, Mary, pouring a lot of expensive perfume on Jesus’ feet, in public, right out there where God and everybody else could see, is indeed a public gesture of excessive emotion. It was uncomfortable to say the least. Some critics scold Mary by commenting that it was a romantic gesture that simply had no place.
In this sermon, I make the case that whatever the reasons Mary poured this expensive perfume, that was the equivalent of a year’s income, at Jesus’ feet, it was an amazing act, a very public act of deep love and devotion. I contend that it comes at a time when there is nothing more important than the impulse to act amazingly and beautifully out of a heart full of love. This is exactly what Mary did. In our society, in churches, people are sick not only because they have not received love but also because they are not allowed to give love, to waste themselves.