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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Tuesday, April 06, 2004
    Quotes for Holy Week - 2 - With the woman perfuming the condemned man's feet
    We are beautiful no matter what they say
    Yes, words won't bring us down
    We are beautiful in every single way
    Yes, words can't bring us down
    So don't you bring me down today.

    All the way down the M58 coming home from deepest Wigan this lunchtime I was looping this - Christina Aguilera's Beautiful [words : : download]. On Two Shots of Happy, One Shot of Sad, Pip's 2003 favourites compilation. Very singable. Very emotive.

    A morning at the annual diocesan Renewal of Commitment to Ministry service sensitised me to it: the power of the story of the woman perfuming the condemned man's feet with her hair, risking shame and criticism; its creative possibilities. At that woman's lips Aguilera's words say so much in their simplicity: celebration, empathy, and defiance.

    No matter what we do
    No matter what we say
    We're the song inside the tune
    Full of beautiful mistakes
    And everywhere we go
    The sun will always shine
    But tomorrow we might awake
    On the other side