Day 3 Read: Mark 14:3-9
3 And while he was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he was reclining at table, a woman came with an alabaster flask of ointment of pure nard, very costly, and she broke the flask and poured it over his head. 4 There were some who said to themselves indignantly, “Why was the ointment wasted like that? 5 For this ointment could have been sold for more than three hundred denarii and given to the poor.” And they scolded her. 6 But Jesus said, “Leave her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a beautiful thing to me. 7 For you always have the poor with you, and whenever you want, you can do good for them. But you will not always have me. 8 She has done what she could; she has anointed my body beforehand for burial. 9 And truly, I say to you, wherever the gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in memory of her.”
Reflect: What happened while Jesus was visiting the house of Simon?
Consider: As the NIV footnote indicates, the Greek text has “three hundred denarii.” A denarius was a day’s wage for a common laborer; therefore, the NIV is correct in its approximation “a year’s wages.” Concern for the poor is understandable because making a gift to them at Passover time was a custom.3
Reflect: Would others describe you as generous? What examples could they point to in order to support their answer? To whom have you shown generosity recently? If generosity does not come easily, what changes can you make in your attitude towards possessions and wealth to be more open as God gives you opportunities to be generous?
3 James A. Brooks, Mark, vol. 23, The New American Commentary (Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1991), 222.