The psalmists write, "You anoint me in the presence of my foes" (Ps.
Sacred chrism (sacrum chrisma in Latin) is also used to anoint the altar and walls of a church building.
To illustrate, the entry for anoint with an analytical definition and formal codes placed inside the entry looked like this:
anoint [...] verb to put oil or water on someone's head or body during a religious ceremony: [Vn] Accordingly they petitioned the Pope to anoint Philip.
anoints Jesus, Son of God according to the flesh for his salvific effort, as man and as God....
(27) "From the moment the Spirit descends and anoints the Lord at the Jordan, this Jesus is called `the Christ'.
As in the Gospel of John, the woman anoints Jesus' feet rather than his head.
The woman who anoints Jesus in Luke 7 experiences just such a release through God's forgiveness.
The waters get even muddier when this unnamed sinner gets lumped in with another Mary--Mary of Bethany, Martha and Lazarus' sister--who also anoints Jesus' feet and wipes them with her hair, as described in Chapter 12 of John's gospel.
It's easy to see why the sinful woman who anoints Jesus' feet is confused with Mary of Bethany, who does the same.
Our daughters and sons may never hear about the prophetic woman who anointed
Jesus' head to strengthen him in preparation for his Passion.
At the table Mary anoints
Jesus' feet with a perfume that cost nearly a year's wages.
When a bishop anoints
priests at ordination, he doesn't promise them a rose garden.
On both counts, the very name Bethany provides a setting conducive to the coming of God's chosen, christos, the "anointed
one." The conjunction of the woman with the leper here is a reminder of Jesus' first transforming miracles; their reappearance here in "the house of figs" is suggestive of an Endtime community in which these two once marginalized figures are now the ones who preside.
He is anointed
with perfume, honored by a woman who (perhaps unconsciously, but nonetheless prophetically) also prepares his body for burial.