Daily Word Of God
Six days before the Passover, Jesus went to Bethany, where Lazarus was, whom he had raised from the dead. They gave a dinner for him there; Martha waited on them and Lazarus was among those at table. Mary brought in a pound of very costly ointment, pure nard, and with it anointed the feet of Jesus, wiping them with her hair; the house was filled with the scent of the ointment.
Then Judas Iscariot – one of his disciples, the man who was to betray him – said, ‘Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarii and the money given to the poor?’ He said this, not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief; he was in charge of the common fund and used to help himself to the contents.
So Jesus said, ‘Leave her alone; let her keep it for the day of my burial. You have the poor with you always, you will not always have me.’
Today's Pointers on God's Word
As you read the passage what words, phases or meanings caught your attention?
- Mary’s focus was solely on Jesus. She was oblivious to what others would say about her actions. She gave all she had to buy the most expensive perfume to anoint Jesus’ feet.
- Her love for Jesus was one of total giving. It was not based on a materialistic and calculative philosophy of getting something in return. Mary’s action was motivated only by her love for Jesus and her gratitude for God’s mercy.
- With great love and humility she stooped to anoint Jesus’ feet and dry them with her hair. How do you show your love and gratitude to Jesus for all the mercy He has shown you?