DAY 88 OF 365 IN 2021
John 12:3, 5 Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment. Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor?
One cannot presume to know the value or worth of something else just because you have an opinion about it. In the eyes of Judas, the alabaster jar of nard was worth 300 denari, but for Mary, it was worth every ounce of her passion and sincerity. Those two evaluations, were on opposite ends of the spectrum.
This nard, which Mary poured could refer to our skills and abilities: what we offer. Hence, value comes into play very promptly. To Judas, in the hands of the poor, nard worth 300 denari was of value. However, Mary believed that there was no better place to gain value than at the feet Jesus.
Therefore, we also ought to have a closer look at the things we possess and the value we accord them, bearing in mind that outside the hands of the master, things don’t have the same degree of value.