Mary showed her (and possibly her family’s) devotion and gratitude
What is the greatest gift you’ve ever received, or given?
Have you ever poured out a year’s wages on a loved one’s head and feet?
An Extravagant Gift
Imported from India (the Himalayas)
300 denarii (a year's wages of a working man)
Probably used as an investment; possibly her (and her family’s) life savings
Econ 101: When you spend something, you have not just lost its value, but all the other possible uses of it
Pension? Unemployment? Food in a famine?
Their little bit of hard-earned security?
Of His head as King before a Triumphal Entry
Of His feet as her savior, showing Mary’s humility
She could not know it was also the only burial anointing He would ever receive
She was only opposed by false piety
Judas (and others?) tried to tarnish her gift
What Mary did was astounding, and beautiful
Makes me feel a little cheap
This was the kind of action you must be CALLED to do. Not every person has every calling, but if we stay in love with Jesus, we will find that answering His specific call upon our lives leaves our hearts at peace and our souls filled with Joy.