Quintus Horatius Flaccus was a poet who lived during the reign of Caesar Augustus, and he’s credited with saying: Exegi monumentum aere perennius. This phrase is found after the final poem in Horaces third book, and it means: I have made a monument more lasting than bronze.
Horace seems to have been pleased with his poetic powers and the many lines of lyrics he had written. Notoriety, however, begins to fade about as quickly as bronze starts to tarnish.
The words of Horace make me wonder: What in this world enjoys a life of longevity? Are there monumental moments that last beyond the tick of a clock?
The memory of some actions are more lasting than bronze, and I have this on good authority; Jesus confirms it: “By pouring this fragrant oil on My body, she has prepared Me for burial. I assure you: Wherever this gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what Mary has done will also be told in memory of her (Matthew 26:6-13).”
The kind, compassion-filled, and sacrificial act of Mary was a monumental moment that’s been recounted a countless number of times. Notice what Mary did:
- She looked for an opportunity to honor Jesus (Mary recognized Jesus as Lord, but Judas saw Him as a ladder to help achieve his selfish ambitions).
- She gave of herself (To wipe the dusty and dirty feet of Jesus with her hair was an act of devotion and reverence).
- She paid the price (The ointment she used came from the Himalayan mountains and the cost was equal to the average man’s annual salary).
How do you use your moments in time to build monumental memories? Do the actions of Mary’s suggest why she anointed Jesus? Could it be that Mary wanted Jesus to know how much she valued Him?
Monumental moments are born when people perceive they are valued. As Solomon said, “Perfume and incense make the heart glad, but the sweetness of a friend is a fragrant forest (Proverbs 27:9).”
What can you do to sweeten the sense of value among you, your family, and your friends?