Lent with Bossuet: Meditations on the Gospel (4)

March 11, 2020
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Detail from the “Crucifixion with Mary Magdalene” (1827) - Francesco Hayez

Profusion of Perfume on Jesus’ Head and Feet 

The love of the poor was the pretext which they used to condemn the piety of these women whom they called indiscreet, and to cover the envy which they had against Jesus and the honors shown Him. Judas was conspicuous among these false charitable characters and these bigots. The most wicked are the most severe censors of the conduct of others, whether it be through the profligacy of their minds, through their hypocrisy, or through false zeal.

These insolent speeches attacked not only the women whom Judas accused of extravagance, but also Jesus Christ who permitted it. But Jesus took their defense in hand by saying that they had done it for His burial (Jn. 12:7; Mk. 14:6), considering Himself as dead, because of the hour which was approaching and that He had put Himself in the mind and in the state of victim.

He wished, at the same time, to make us consider with what great respect we should consider this virginal body formed by the Holy Spirit, where divinity resided, through which death was to be conquered, and the reign of sin abolished. What perfumes were exquisite enough to compliment the purity of it! He wished also that the perfumes, which usually served effeminacy and luxury would, this time, serve piety, and that vanity would be sacrificed for truth.