Jesus was at a dinner at the home of a man named Simon the Leper. Other guests included Lazarus, whom Jesus raised from the dead, as well as Lazarus’ sisters Martha and Mary.
Here’s what happened:
Mary took about a pint of pure nard, a very expensive perfume; she broked the jar and poured the perfume on Jesus’ head and feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house as 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,” said Jesus. “Why are you bothering her? She has done a beautiful thing to me. The poor you will always have with you, and you can help them any time you want. But you will not always have me. She did what she could. She poured perfume on my body beforehand to prepare for my burial. Truly I tell you, wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.”
(Matthew 26:6-13; Mark 14:3-9; Luke 7:37-39; John 12:1-8)
Mary once again shows what true devotion to Jesus looks like.
In a previous scene, she sat at Jesus’ feet listening to him while Martha scurried about and scolded her.
Here, she’s again at Jesus’ feet, wiping the perfume with her hair while Judas scolds her.
Nothing and no else mattered to Mary in those moments — just Jesus.
Devote yourself to Jesus. He’s worth it.
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