Mark 14:5 – 9: Blessing the poor

It could have been sold for more than a year’s wages and the money given to the poor.’ And they rebuked her harshly. ‘Leave her alone,’ said Jesus. ‘Why are you bothering her? She has done a beautiful thing to me. The poor you will always have with you, and you can help them any time you want. But you will not always have me. She did what she could. She poured perfume on my body beforehand to prepare for my burial.Truly I tell you, wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.’

It is right that the church should get on with the ministry of serving the poor. Our Lord, who was rich beyond compare, deliberately impoverished Himself in order to enrich us (2 Corinthians 8:9). Probably the disciples in the room that day did care about the poor. But Judas didn’t. He just pretended to. For him, it was a rod with which to beat Mary (see John 12:6). Jesus wasn’t having any of that, and He told all of them that they would always have opportunities to help the poor. Sadly, poverty will be an issue until the end of time. Jesus didn’t decry the importance of such giving. But whereas we should love our neighbour as ourselves, the first and greatest commandment is to love the Lord our God with everything we’ve got. Mary showed such a heart, and Jesus esteemed her worship as ‘’beautiful’’.