Then one of the twelve, whose name was Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, “What will you give me if I deliver him over to you?” And they paid him thirty pieces of silver. And from that moment he sought an opportunity to betray him.
The passages for today open with Jesus at the home of Simon, identified as a leper. Likely someone who has previously been healed by Jesus. It is into this scene a woman enters, bringing an alabaster jar containing spikenard, a very expensive perfume or essential oil. The alabaster jar in itself is significant. It was an expensive jar to hold an expensive oil. It was special to signify the special contents inside. And it had to be broken and cracked to pour out the contents inside. This woman took probably the most precious thing that she had and poured it out to anoint Jesus's head and feet. Lavishly adoring him. Her praise, her love literally spilling out because she had been forgiven.
How often do we do this? How often does our inner voice question the extravagance of someone else's worship? Of someone else's gift giving? While I'm not calling for us to put aside all scrutiny, perhaps we should start from a place of granting the benefit of the doubt more often. To start from a place where we assume the best intentions of other people more often than not.
Assist us mercifully with thy help, O Lord God our salvation, that we may enter with joy upon the meditation of those mighty acts through which thou hast given unto us life and immortality; through Jesus Christ our Lord.