Counting the cost: Mark 14

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Today’s reading: Mark 14.

How much are you willing to give to follow Jesus?

This chapter has as its bookends two remarkable people. The first is a woman with a jar of expensive perfume.

While he (Jesus) was in Bethany, reclining at the table in the home of a man known as 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.” Mark 14:3-5

The woman gave extravagantly. The custom was to pour a few drops of oil or perfume on a guest. She poured out the entire jar. The perfume was expensive, so much so that a common…

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