Reflect: Jesus and His disciples are at the home of His dear friend, Lazarus, whom Jesus had raised from the dead (John 11:1-44). Martha, Lazarus’ sister, is serving the guests dinner. The gang is eating their meal together. While they are still at the table, Lazarus’ other sister, Mary, decides to give a treasured gift to Jesus. She begins to pour a pint of sweet perfume onto Jesus’ feet. This perfume was valued at about 300 denarii – equal then to one year’s worth of wages. It had probably been in her family for quite some time and only used in small portions for special occasions, but she uses all of it to anoint Jesus. Jesus confirms (in verse seven) that this anointing is to prepare Him for His burial. What a beautiful sight the disciples were able to experience with all of their senses and hearts as they observe the moment that Mary was down on her knees, in total humility, pouring this expensive family ointment on Jesus’ feet and wiping them with her hair. Mary could not have fully understood the impact of what she was doing, but was prompted by God to anoint Jesus and obeyed. She didn’t worry about what others would think. She concerned herself with an audience of One, God.