Sunday, 7 April 2019

It’s all about her

Mary of Bethany tattoo 
John 12:3
Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard, anointed Jesus’ feet, and wiped them with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.

It’s all about her
A woman filled with love
driven to extravagance
bursting to show
how madly, deeply
she loved.
A woman who acted on impulse,
threw caution to the wind,
risked everything
gave way beyond her means.
A woman who managed to break free
of the taboos
and cautions imposed on her
by her patriarchal culture
just for a moment
because the moment
was simply too special to miss.
And, as is often the way
as the story is told
and retold,
the focus shifts
from a daring
courageous
inspiring woman.
And the story becomes, instead,
about the men around her.
Their discomfort fills the space
instead of the fragrance 
of the perfume.
And we are diverted
to a whole other story
that’s all about the men.
Another hidden woman
in a story edited by men.
May we allow her story
to emerge from history.

2 comments:

Eileen M Ross said...

Amen. Preach it, always.

Rev. Patricia Raube said...

What a lovely, what a fantastic piece. AMEN!

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