Lenten Devotional – Wed, April 10th

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By: Jill Oglesby-Evans

John 12: 1-8

Reflection—v. 3 ‘Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard, anointed Jesus’ feet, and wiped them with her hair’

Knowing how much I love words, every year a dear friend gives me a Word-A-Day Calendar. The word for this year’s Hallmark-hallowed day for celebrating love—Valentine’s Day—was ‘profligate.’ Interestingly, two very different definitions were offered. The first—‘wildly extravagant’—brought to mind Faberge eggs, Priscilla of the Desert, and Mary’s anointing of Jesus’ feet. The second, however—‘shamelessly immoral’—reminded me of Judas’ and our own betrayal whenever we fuss and fret about there not being enough to go around. When does the word ‘profligate’ strike you as overwhelmingly generous and when as wasteful and corrupt?

Prayer: Profligate God, ground us in your abundant love even as you forgive us when anxiety makes us fearful and stingy.