The heart’s sovereignty
Mary of Bethany broke
the alabaster box of spikenard
and anointed Jesus, some of His disciples
grumbling at the expense
but, Jesus said, “She hath wrought a good work .... “
O lover, an imperfection of character
is the desire to be perfect
and a detriment to the path of surrender.
To covet virtue is a sin ...
for covetousness is a sin.
Desire, instead, to be obedient and humble.
Non-attachment is the back road to perfection.
Desire for perfection leads through a labyrinth
of pride, shame and self-involvement
while acceptance of imperfection
constitutes a stirring turn toward surrender.
O lover, spill innocently, like Mary,
the precious oil, anoint the head of Jesus
and be marked forever as a lover
and loyal subject of the heart’s holy sovereignty.