And being in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at meat, there came a woman having an alabaster box of ointment of spikenard very precious; and she brake the box, and poured it on his head. (4) And there were some that had indignation within themselves, and said, Why was this waste of the ointment made? (5) For it might have been sold for more than three hundred pence, and have been given to the poor. And they murmured against her. (6) And Jesus said, Let her alone; why trouble ye her? she hath wrought a good work on me. (7) For ye have the poor with you always, and whensoever ye will ye may do them good: but me ye have not always. (8) She hath done what she could: she is come aforehand to anoint my body to the burying. (9) Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached throughout the whole world, this also that she hath done shall be spoken of for a memorial of her. - Mark 14:3-9
I find it wonderful how our Lord expresses this woman’s simple, yet focused act of worship in these verses here in Mark’s gospel. How different is this real worship as compared to today’s ‘contemporary’ style. How low key and unassuming and peaceful is this woman’s utter devotion to the Lord of Glory. I also noticed the Lord’s phrase in verse 9 . . . “this also that she hath DONE shall be spoken of . . .” she did not say a word, did not make a bunch of noise ‘praising Jesus,’ but simply, and with full understanding worshipped Him! May this be said of us here today. Not a lot of stuff was going on in that place; not a lot of music or pageantry or play acting but the ‘doing’ from the heart which truly shows itself in humble adoration for the One who called us and washed us in His own blood.