Monday in Holy Week

When we encounter Mary of Bethany in the Gospels, she is at Jesus’ feet—first, in her home, listening to Him; then, falling at his feet and pouring out her sorrow before Him after the death of her brother, Lazarus; and now, expressing her love for Him as she anoints his feet with costly perfume worth three hundred days’ wages, a year’s income, at least $30,000 today.  No wonder Judas was upset!  A drop or two would have been enough.  But Mary had found the pearl of great price and she was willing to waste her time, her heart, and her wealth on Jesus. 

That’s what Christians do.  We want to waste our lives on Jesus, because Jesus first wasted his time, his heart, and his very life on us, even taking the punishment of our sins upon himself.   And Jesus thought we were worth it.