Mary took a liter of costly perfumed oil


Mary took a liter of costly perfumed oil
made from genuine aromatic nard
and anointed the feet of Jesus and dried them with her hair;
the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil. 

The anointing of Jesus feet by Mary is a stark contrast to the comment by Judas. Simply the expense of that oil, about a years wages, gives hint of the love and respect she has for the Christ. Though she for certain did not fully understand his kingship, her action speaks loudly that this is a king of her own choosing. That anointing is her endorsement of a king. In her action she is offered no position of authority or any idea of the riches of the kingdom. It seems she is moved by the spirit of his teachings and as a witness to his actions. It is notable that the author mentions that the fragrance filled the house as incense fills a temple and is a reminder of Gods presence. Judas though has his thoughts on one thing, the money. Though disguising his intentions by mentioning the poor that could benefit, we are quickly reminded that Judas is a thief and in charge of money. What is his ideal king?Perhaps that king in more of the mold of the kings of the day. Earthly kingdoms, deceitful, and ruled by power and money. Present in the house are Lazarus, the one Jesus raises from the dead and Judas, the one who will initiate the sentence of Jesus to the cross. The contrast is the difference between that world they lived in, and the one that was to begin on Easter: a world where death is conquered and life is everlasting.

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