When Jesus had finished saying all these things, he said to his disciples, 2 “As you know, the Passover is two days away—and the Son of Man will be handed over to be crucified.”
3 Then the chief priests and the elders of the people assembled in the palace of the high priest, whose name was Caiaphas,
4 and they schemed to arrest Jesus secretly and kill him.
5 “But not during the festival,” they said, “or there may be a riot among the people.”
Jesus Anointed at Bethany
6 While Jesus was in Bethany in the home of Simon the Leper,
7 a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, which she poured on his head as he was reclining at the table.
8 When the disciples saw this, they were indignant. “Why this waste?” they asked. 9 “This perfume could have been sold at a high price and the money given to the poor.”
10 Aware of this, Jesus said to them, “Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing to me. 11 The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have me. 12 When she poured this perfume on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial. 13 Truly I tell you, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.”
How much is Jesus worth to you? In reading this story it seems that Jesus was worth everything to this woman who poured expensive perfume on his head. Jesus approved of her gesture and gave a response to his disciples that allows us to see they were missing the point of what happened. When we think of the things we have or own, we often just see them as ours. But what if we saw those things as resources to be used in order to help others see Jesus? The woman in this story used what may have been her only material possession to pour on the head of Jesus. She used what she had for Jesus. How often do we use our resources for us and how often do we use them for Jesus?