A Woman’s Role



Mary II

Without opening the door

the curious host

let the Teacher in.

Beside him the once-dead man,

having left his grave clothes on the stone,

reclined to dine.


Beside the calloused feet

of hungry men

the sister flitted

with bowls of ripened fruit,

slabs of risen bread,

platters of spiced meat,

pitchers of waiting wine.


In the doorway

the listening one,

emptied of darkness,

loosed her hair.


With no authority,

no covering,

no office,

no documents,

no priestly garments,

no holiness of her own,

she broke the box,

poured out her adoration,

and anointed

the King of Kings.


(The story of this dinner party is told in John 12 and Mark 14)

But you are a chosen race,
a royal priesthood,
a holy nation,
a people for his own possession,
that you may proclaim
the excellencies of him who called you
out of darkness
into his marvelous light.

(1 Peter 2:9)



15 thoughts on “A Woman’s Role

  1. angels2send

    i guess it is the only way to love Him, with nothing of our own. your poem is a moving reminder of the beauty our emptiness holds in His eyes. thank you…


  2. C K Low

    Mary poured the ointment of pure nard and anointed the feet of Jesus. That supreme act of worship reflects her utter gratitude to Christ and trust in Him as the Messiah. ( The nard, expensive ointment perfume is for the bride to apply on the day of her wedding, and takes disciplined savings of money to be able to purchase) . Our intimacy with Christ, as His bride is costly, and will not only affect us personally, but also touch the lives of others. The pure nard emanates a fragrance that touches many lives. Miracles, healing, signs and wonders, and breakthrough answers to prayer and ministry to others , flows this position of intimacy with Christ as we worship Him. Thanks for your posting. Dr C K Low


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