Today I will perform a small act of foolishness as a token of my abandonment to Christ. I will be the stranger who pours precious ointment on Christ’s head (Mark 14:3),  not for any rationalized reason of my own. Yet, there is purpose and value to it that only Christ foresees.

Mark 14:3
And being in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at meat, there came a woman having an alabaster box of ointment of spikenard very precious; and she brake the box, and poured it on his head.

And so with love. It is not to be analyzed, probed like a scientist conducting a dissection, researched in the recesses of a library, or analyzed like an investment advisor searching for the highest ROI, but simply and genuinely acted upon.

(NB: See Chambers, Utmost and also the Online Companion on February 21 for a description of love.)

It should be further noted that while Mark refers to Mary, in Luke 7:37 the reference is likely to another incident, this time likely a prostitute whose action was one of profound gratitude and unworthiness. 

Today I will go to God’s altar our of pure love, profoundly grateful and totally unworthy.