Spying the Spy on this Spy Wednesday

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Now when Jesus was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, a woman came up to him with an alabaster flask of very expensive ointment, and she poured it on his head, as he sat at table. But when the disciples saw it, they were indignant, saying, “Why this waste? For this ointment might have been sold for a large sum, and given to the poor.” But Jesus, aware of this, said to them, “Why do you trouble the woman? For she has done a beautiful thing to me. For you always have the poor with you, but you will not always have me. In pouring this ointment on my body she has done it to prepare me for burial. Truly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what she has done will be told in memory of her.” Then one of the twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, “What will you give me if I deliver him to you?” And they paid him thirty pieces of silver. And from that moment he sought an opportunity to betray him. (Matthew 26:6-16 rsv)

Jesus is not a liar. He said that she did this for his burial. In other words, she knew, in looking around the room, noticing Judas, that Jesus was a dead man. One of them, Judas, was going to have him killed. She had the purity of heart and agility of soul to see that this was so. She is the Spy of spies for the King of kings, who knows the whole truth of it, and praises her for her perspicacity. She knows Jesus to be the Prince of the Most Profound Peace and that Judas is instead harassed and is on the fast track to being fully possessed by the Father of Lies, Satan. This great lady is one of the ones I want to write about in the a little volume on the great women of the Gospels. One day… one day…


Filed under Confession, Jesus, Mercy

6 responses to “Spying the Spy on this Spy Wednesday

  1. elizdelphi

    It never occurred to me that somehow she knew. But maybe that is what Jesus is revealing and he means it literally that her intention is that this is for His burial.

    • Father George David Byers

      That’s what He said! The Scriptures come alive when we let them speak. Indicative aorist active 3rd person singular. “She did it.” The “for my burial” part modifies the verb of which she is the subject. Jesus is defending her against murderous, violent, hateful, traitor Judas, just before he storms out to get his money to be a spy.

      It wouldn’t be much of a defense if He were to say something like: “She did this unwittingly, and, yes, it was a waste and she’s dumb, but, hey, I’m nice, so I’ll take it to mean that she did this for my burial because that thought of mine which she didn’t think is cool!”

      Judas, instead, stands all the more condemned because even this woman, if you will for the sake of Judas’ perspective, saw through Judas and condemned Judas as a murderer.

  2. Jane Dunne-Brady

    I hope that “great women of the gospels’ gets written soon! It is so needed.

  3. Mary Fran

    I have never understood why Judas had to do this. Why did anyone have to “betray” Jesus? How was it a betrayal? The priests already knew who Jesus was. They wouldn’t have had any trouble identifying him. Was Judas’ particular role just to let the priests know WHEN Jesus would be alone so they wouldn’t have any problem with the crowd, many of whom who would have defended him?

    • Father George David Byers

      @ Mary Fran — If he didn’t do it, anyone of us would. We’ve all crucified the Son of the Living God with our sins. Really. It was betrayal because they needed a time in which Jesus would be away from the crowds that protected Him. Yes: a good time and place for grabbing Him. Instead of being obvious about spying, in which case He could embarrass them, they were happy to use Judas.

  4. elizdelphi

    That is fascinating, and I think it is fascinating how more can be found in the text when you so respect the perfection of the inspired Scripture as to take it as literally as you do. I love how intensely you read Sacred Scripture. Makes me want to pray Lectio Divina.

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