"Why was this perfume not sold for three hundred denarii and the money given to the poor?”
In this very well-known Scripture, we find Mary anointing Jesus with expensive perfume intended for his burial. In a strange turn of events, it is Judas who is most concerned about Mary expressing her devotion in this way. Judas complains that the costly perfume could have been sold and given to the poor. He obviously is displaying concern for the poor when really he has ulterior motives. His complaint was rooted in his ulterior motives, unspoken and hidden from the group to disguise his flawed character. We all have aspects of Judas within us. How many times do we complain about something because of our own ulterior motives? How do we try to hide our ulterior motives by displaying righteous concern outwardly? As we journey toward Jerusalem with Jesus, we recognize that this is a journey of dying to ourselves. As we die to our ulterior motives and shed ourselves of them, we will awaken grateful hearts within us.