Spirit 0002 ~ “Wherever this Gospel is Preached …” Woman

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I love this Spirit of Truth that the Christ promised would arrive after He departed us.  I have decided to call this female aspect of the Infinite God, Spirit-Lover.  It seems to be the most accurate name I can find.  The others are too distant.  That is, they contain connotations that interfere with the very intimate and real relationship that She has developed in my own personal experience.  When I feel Her with me, everything is all right.  I am comforted and see clear paths through the labyrinth of my anguished soul.  She cares and nurtures but is not an enabler of weakness.  She inspires me.  She co-creates with me.

What is so good about the Good News, the Gospel?  Could it be that it is the eternal union promised with the Holy Spirit, the female aspect of God? It seems that the primary mission of the Christ was to connect us with the Spirit-Lover.  I believe Mary played a role that symbolized the anointing of the Holy Spirit when she anointed His head with oil.

 

MATTHEW 26

While Jesus was in Bethany in the home of Simon the Leper, a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, which she poured on his head as he was reclining at the table.

When the disciples saw this, they were indignant. “Why this waste?” they asked. “This perfume could have been sold at a high price and the money given to the poor.”

10 Aware of this, Jesus said to them, “Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing to me. 11 The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have me. 12 When she poured this perfume on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial. 13 Truly I tell you, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.”

 

MATTHEW 3

16 When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove (feminine symbol) and alighting upon Him. 17 And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

 

MARK 14

And being in Bethany at the house of Simon the leper, as He sat at the table, a woman came having an alabaster flask of very costly oil of spikenard. Then she broke the flask and poured it on His head. But there were some who were indignant among themselves, and said, “Why was this fragrant oil wasted? For it might have been sold for more than three hundred denarii and given to the poor.” And they criticized her sharply.

But Jesus said, “Let her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a good work for Me. For you have the poor with you always, and whenever you wish you may do them good; but Me you do not have always. She has done what she could. She has come beforehand to anoint My body for burial. Assuredly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be told as a memorial to her.”

JOHN 12

Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus had raised from the dead.Here a dinner was given in Jesus’ honor. Martha served, while Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with him. Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.

But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him, objected, “Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages.” He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it.

“Leave her alone,” Jesus replied. “It was intended that she should save this perfume for the day of my burial. You will always have the poor among you,  but you will not always have me.”

I feel Joy Williams has done the best I have seen in portraying the female aspect of God, the Holy Spirit, El Shaddai, the Shekhina Presence, in her song, Woman (Oh Mama).

 

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