Wednesday, 10 June 2009

telling the story of the anointing woman

Tomorrow night, I'm telling the story of the woman who anointed Jesus with that 'costly ointment of nard' at Bethany. 
As I prepare, I find the character of Jesus looking at the grumbling guests who tell the woman off as he tells them off, and as he says, 'where ever the good news is told, throughout the whole world, what she has done will be told ... ' then looking at her, with a gesture so the 'audience' get it (hopefully), as he says 'in remembrance of her.' 
Not sure it means one thing specifically to interpret those words with those gestures, but perhaps it indicates that though they don't see her, he does, or that they don't know what they're supposed to see, but she does, or for an audience today, it might highlight the irony, that Jesus saw her, but we don't really, because we remember what she has done, not who she was. She is another unnamed woman in the story of Jesus' life on earth. 

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