Then he added that her reckless act of love would never be forgotten. As the poet Keats would reflect later: “A thing of beauty is a joy forever.”
What could have motivated this woman to lavish such a costly gift on Jesus? Beyond her gratitude and obvious love for him, we’re left to wonder. But surely the beauty of Jesus character – his kindness, humility, and devotion to his Father’s will – must have inspired her actions.
In a judgmental, male-dominated world, Jesus had a keen eye for the splendor of God’s image in everyone he encountered. To see with Jesus’ eyes the beauty in every person, including ourselves, is to walk in saving light.
In the ancient Scottish dialect, “bonnie” is the word for beauty. An old Scottish pastor used to say: “It would do the church more good than anything else if Christians would do a bonnie thing.”
We may never match the beauty of Van Cliburn’s music, but we can do “a bonnie thing” for Jesus each day.
Lord, in the words of that old gospel song, let the beauty of Jesus be seen in me. Amen.