Blind Judas, Seeing Mary

March 29, 2024 | My Jottings

On Monday I was reading from a devotional book called Magnificat, and the writer isn’t credited. What was written about Mary anointing Jesus with oil and Judas’s indignant response to it hit me hard. I thought I would share.

Judas thought Mary’s anointing was wasteful, preventing the costly nard from benefiting the poor. In point of fact, it served precisely that purpose when, “the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil.”

The worst sort of poverty is to be unaware of or unmoved by the Savior’s presence, and Mary’s action drew the attention of everyone to Jesus….are we willing to “waste” our lives for the love of Jesus? To be embarrassingly attentive to Him? Do we believe He is worth it?

May your Easter be full of His life and hope,


  1. Shari Congdon says:

    This is beautiful, Julie… I have often pondered these verses, and really been moved by them to see the deep and unmeasurably profound value of Jesus’s life. Thank you for sharing. Hope you are doing well! ??

  2. Just Julie says:

    So nice to see you here, Shari. Thank you for your comment – yes, I think I could ponder this scene and not plumb its depths for a long time. God be with you and yours, dear Shari…

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