Spy Wednesday, the day Judas Iscariot sells the Lord for a few pieces of silver. The day is also often related to the anointment of Jesus by Mary of Bethany, sister of Martha and her brother Lazarus. Two acts that move in opposite direction. Contrast, polar opposites. The woman spends a costly amount anointing Jesus with Spikenard, Judas profits a few coins by selling something priceless. Mary humble and thankful for God’s love and mercy, ignorant Judas blind to all that he had and greedy for more. The honest emotion of a penitent woman contrasts against a deceitful act of trickery. The anointing act of Mary easily leads into Holy Thursday , famous for the washing of the feet during the Lords supper. Judas defiles that meal and instead anoints the bloody acts of Good Friday. Judas and the woman Mary, key actors in the Passion of the Lord. The Chrism Mass of Holy Thursday, the Mass of the Lords Supper. The gift of the Mass and its Priests. The culmination of the bread o life. From “I am the bread of life”, to “this my body.” It is Christ’s teaching explained, His Word, but this is only half the Mass. The other half unfolds a day later on a cross. His sacrifice for our salvation. Good Friday and the Mass. Table and Altar. Meal and Sacrifice. Not either but both. Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. The paschal lamb, meal and sacrifice.
Mary took a liter of costly perfumed oil
made from genuine aromatic nard
and anointed the feet of Jesus and dried them with her hair;
the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil.
Then Judas the Iscariot, one of his disciples,
and the one who would betray him, said,
“Why was this oil not sold for three hundred days’ wages
and given to the poor?”
The woman Mary with the aromatic nard, Jesus says you anoint me for my burial. She is their or that event, but she also is present for the resurrection too. Devoted and devout, she hung onto His words. She anoints Him with costly perfume, and look at how she does so! Anointed as King, anointed as Savior. In her King she witnesses her salvation and is ever so humbled by His mercy. Judas, what does he see? How does he anoint a King. He pays the price for a slave, his King is crowned with thorns. Ridiculed, mocked, and hung on a tree. And for Judas? His is the same fate, he too hangs in a tree never to see the salvation that the woman had experienced. Reap what you sow? What a contrast, for one life ends on Good Friday. For the other death is conquered on the very same day.