6 While Jesus was in Bethany in the home of Simon the Leper, 7 a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, which she poured on his head as he was reclining at the table.
8 When the disciples saw this, they were indignant. ‘Why this waste?’ they asked. 9 ‘This perfume could have been sold at a high price and the money given to the poor.’
10 Aware of this, Jesus said to them, ‘Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing to me. 11 The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have me. 12 When she poured this perfume on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial. 13 Truly I tell you, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.’
What a fantastic picture of worship, extravagant – the perfume was extremely costly, personal – to pour the perfume on Jesus, the woman had to come close, and risky – she must have known that the disciples might object. And Jesus was indeed right, here we are many centuries later still talking about her!
Lord, help us to take risks in drawing close to you with extravagant worship, not caring what others think. May we hold nothing back!