A Forgotten Memorial – Anonymous

Somehow in the story the woman remains anonymous.

And the sacrifice she makes of the expensive perfume, may actually deepen her isolation, at least where the men are concerned.

Some scholars say that this alabaster jar was her marriage dowry. She has spent it now and so the chances of marriage are slim. The opportunity to join polite society and ensure safety and security into her old age is all gone.

By this great act of discipleship she stands in solidarity with Jesus in his rejection and isolation. She enters the dark margins of society filled with the faceless and nameless millions

Her anonymity is assured.

Nevertheless we are talking about her here. And other than Simon the Leper, in whose house this all took place, we know of nobody else in that room that night. We are considering no other presence.

Is there comfort in the fact that she is known to God?

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