Sweet Anointing

The dinner guests were startled. Why was Mary kneeling at Jesus’ feet? Then amazement turned to critical disbelief as a jar was broken and a sweet aroma filled the room. After pouring ointment worth a year’s wages on Jesus’ feet, Mary wiped his feet with her own hair. What was she thinking? Some were immediately critical of this embarrassing and costly display of affection, but not Jesus. Only days before his death, he recognized Mary’s sacrificial act not as wasteful but as absolutely appropriate. Would we all be as extravagant in our love of our Savior!

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