Scripture: John 12:1-8
Jesus was staying at the home of Lazarus. On Jesus’ last visit Lazarus had been very sick and died. Jesus then raised him from the dead.
Now Lazarus lived with his sisters, Mary and Martha. They all sat down ready for dinner. Just as Martha was about to serve up, Mary brought out the most expensive and beautiful perfume that money could buy. She poured it over Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair. The whole house was filled with the sweet smell of the perfume.
Judas Iscariot was sitting at the table, as one of Jesus’ disciples. He said to Mary, “Why didn’t you sell that perfume and give the money to the poor?” Judas wasn’t really so worried about the poor. He looked after the money for the disciples and would have taken some of the money for himself.
Jesus said, “Leave her alone. She bought it to use for the day of my burial. You will always have the poor with you, but you will not always have me.”
Gospel paraphrase by David Earle.
Mary did something that was very generous and showed her love for Jesus.
The perfume was very expensive.
She showed her love in a very personal way.
She held nothing back.
Can you think of a time when someone has cared for you when you really needed it? How did you feel?
Judas told Mary off for wasting the perfume. If he had given all the money to the poor, do you think what he said would have been right or wrong? And why?
Jesus points out that Mary is showing her love for him while he is still alive. And that she will not always be able to do that.
Often we don’t tell people how much we love them or what they mean to us. And sometimes we don’t get another chance.
Who is in your life will you say “I love you” to today?
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