John 12: 1-8
Six days before the Passover, Jesus and His disciples were invited to Lazarus, Mary and Martha’s home for dinner. Martha served. Lazarus, whom Jesus raised from the dead, was reclining with Him at the table. While this was occurring, Mary took a pound of expensive ointment from pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped His feet with her hair.
It was customary for a servant to wash the feet of their guests when entering the home and before eating or partaking of the meal. Later, Jesus was to wash the feet of His disciples before the Passover meal to model how they were to serve one another. While Martha was serving the meal, Mary was serving Jesus, proclaiming His death , honoring Him with this memorial. Mary loved Jesus and while the fragrance of this act filled the room, Mary took from herself her hair to wipe His feet; a part of herself she gave, and a part of Him she took away with the anointing remaining in her hair.
How close do we want to get to Jesus; close enough to have someone say- “She’s/He’s been with Jesus” with the anointing of His fragrance, His presence in our life.
CR – John 13:5, Acts 4:13