When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him.
At times we speak of a pleasant thing being the spice of life. When we do so we are speaking of those events or activities that make life joyful. Better yet, these things bring a pleasing aroma to what could be a rather stale existence.
But this article is not about those spices of life. Instead let’s focus on the spices of death. We are told in Mark’s gospel that these women followers of Jesus came to his tomb prepared to use spices to counteract the natural stench of death.