Have you ever read a scripture passage that literally moved you to tears? I have found those to be the ones I never forget. Not that I will always remember the chapter and verse, but the events become committed to memory and I’m able to reflect on them almost continually. Today was one such passage.
The woman with the alabaster jar is Mary, sister of Martha and Lazarus. She is found a couple of places in scripture. She sat at Jesus feet to soak in his teaching, while Martha was busy in the kitchen preparing dinner for their guest. Martha wasn’t happy about this but learned a good lesson that particular day. To not be so busy doing things that you don’t actually enjoy your company. Mary and Martha are seen later when their brother Lazarus dies. Jesus wept, because he considered Lazarus to be a good friend, then brought him back to life four days after his death.
Today’s encounter with Mary was different. The alabaster jar held expensive perfume, worth a year’s pay. She used all of it to anoint Jesus. The disciples stood there grumbling at what she was doing and the waste of money. But Jesus rebuked them and was thankful for her loving devotion. So much so that he said where ever the gospel is preached throughout the world, what she did would also be told in memory of her. Wow.
If you want to read this story you can find it in Matthew 26:6-13, Mark 14:3-9, and John 12:1-8.