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Mark 14:8: She has done what she could . . .

Easter Monday, April 2, 2018

Woman with the Alabaster Jar

We continue the celebration of Easter throughout this happiest of liturgical seasons, focusing on one verse a day, comparing varying translations, opening our ears and eyes to the possibility of God’s promise. Opening our hearts to the comfort of the Spirit’s healing. Opening our minds to the teachings of Christ.

She has done what she could; she has anointed my body beforehand for its burial. (NRSV)

Criticized by his followers, Jesus broadens the horizons of those willing to look beyond their comfort zone.

This woman did the only thing she could do for me; she poured perfume on my body to prepare me for burial. (NCV)

Questioned by his critics, Jesus calls those willing to follow him in the difficult path of the way of peace.

What she could do, she did do — in advance she poured perfume on my body to prepare it for burial. (CJB)

Watched by those who seek wisdom, Jesus opens possibility by affirming the act of the woman who carries the alabaster jar.

She did what she could when she could—she pre-anointed my body for burial. And you can be sure that wherever in the whole world the Message is preached, what she just did is going to be talked about admiringly. (MSG)

Examined by those who look for mercy, Jesus encourages all who respond to the world’s fears with compassion.

When we use the scripture link and the drop-down menus to explore this verse, we open doors, ears, eyes, minds and hearts to the compassion that only God can give . . . and we do what we can do.


Image from: http://walkwithmeonourjourney.blogspot.com/2015/06/lets-talk-about-family-hood.html 

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