C. S. Lewis on the Allegorical Meaning of the Woman Pouring Perfume on Jesus’ Feet

From C. S. Lewis’s Letters to an American Lady:

It is nice to be still under the care of St. Mary Magdalene [because he was beginning his position at Magdalene College, Cambridge]: she must by now understand my constitution better than a stranger would, don’t you think. The allegorical sense of her great action dawned on me the other day. The precious alabaster box which one must break over the Holy Feet is one’s heart. Easier said than done. And the contents become perfume only when it is broken. While they are safe inside they are more like sewage.

(p. 34)

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