This passage tells us that two days before the Passover, the authorities were working out how to arrest and kill Jesus.
Mark then presents us with a powerful contrast between the woman’s loving generosity and Judas’ wicked treachery.
Nard is a hugely expensive aromatic oil and, we are told, was worth a year’s wages. The disciples (see Matthew’s gospel) were indignant at this waste, claiming it could have been sold and the proceeds given to the poor, something which was a tradition at the Passover. John in his gospel is more specific and points the finger at Judas as the one who complained.
Jesus, however, interprets her actions as an anointing of his body for burial. The scent of nard lingers for a long time and it is interesting to speculate if Jesus’ body would have retained this aroma as he hung on the cross.
Today, do we show our devotion to Jesus in costly service or do we let him down by our sinful and uncaring words and actions?
Today’s Thought for the Day for Lent is from Derek