"While he was in Bethany, reclining at the table in the home of Simon the Leper, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, made of pure nard. She broke the jar and poured the perfume on his head. Some of those present were saying indignantly to one another, “Why this waste of perfume? 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.” (Mark 14:3-9)
This woman, Mary, gave her most precious possession as a gift to Jesus. She didn't seek fame or recognition. She didn't even seek approval. She simply sought to show Him her love and devotion, despite being rebuked, disdained and scorned. In this same chapter, Judas betrays Jesus and the disciples abandon Him. Yet, this sincere woman seeks only to love Him. Jesus says that the whole world will know of her and honor her. It is the secret acts of love for God Himself, even in the midst of misunderstanding and judgment that are most precious in His sight.