14 Apr Diffusion (Jn 12:3) by Dr. Rich Reich
“Mary took a liter of costly perfumed oil made from genuine aromatic nard and anointed the feet of Jesus and dried them with her hair; the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil.” ~ Jn 12:3 (full readings)
Rich’s Reflections: Diffusion is the transport of a molecule from a region of high concentration to a region of low concentration. You might not have known this definition, but you do know through experience that one squirt from a perfume bottle (~ 0.125 mL) can quickly fill a room with the fragrance. This is diffusion. In a parallel passage to today’s reading in Mark’s Gospel, the text reveals that Mary broke the one liter jar of expensive perfume (8000 times more liquid than one perfume squirt) just before she used it to anoint Jesus (Mk 14:3). Can you imagine the diffusion going on in that house spreading the beautiful fragrance of flowers (a symbol of life)? After conclusion of the 2014 A-Cross America Relay yesterday on Palm Sunday, reflect on the diffusion of LIFE Runners who have traveled the past 40 days from regions of high concentration to regions of low concentration to spread the beautiful Pro-Life message and to pray for the unborn. As Mary served Jesus by anointing Him with oil, may we also serve Him through this Pro-Life ministry.
* Dr. Rich Reich is the co-founder of the National LIFE Runners Team. He is married to Erica and lives in Colorado Springs, CO. Full bio.
Faith Challenge: Be an active part of diffusion by transporting the Pro-Life message to others.
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Feast Day: St. Lydwine
Faith Quote: “Sympathy is no substitute for action.” ~ David Livingstone, missionary to Africa