"Leave her alone," said Jesus. "Why are you bothering her? She has done a beautiful thing to me. The poor you will always have with you, and you can help them any time you want. But you will not always have me. She did what she could. She poured perfume on my body beforehand to prepare for my burial. I tell you the truth, wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her."
At my Mom's church there is a "Pie Lady." She's a widow who loves to bake pies. But now that she's alone, she can't eat a whole pie by herself. So, she came up with a plan. Every Saturday she bakes a pie, cuts it into several pieces and brings them to church on Sunday. She passes them out to other widows and widowers or to anyone who might need to be cheered up. Who would not be blessed by eating a piece of home-made pie for dessert after a delicious Sunday meal? I think it is a beautiful idea.
She reminds me of the woman in the Bible who anointed Jesus feet with her perfume. The disciples complained that the perfume should have been sold to help the poor. But Jesus came to her defense. He said she did a "beautiful thing" and "she did what she could." In addition, He said her kindness would be remembered wherever the gospel is preached.
Jesus expects each of us to do what we can. We all have talents, abilities, time or possessions that we can share with others. We all need to discover what we can do and then do it.