Nobody should criticise Mary for the generosity of her gift because the motivation was right! In fact, it makes our love seem rather poor in comparison. Motivation is such an important part of the Christian life. How do we respond to the Saviour’ love for us? At times we seem to be far too calculating in our response. When God freed the Israelites from Egypt, they complained so much about things and we might seem to have far more in common with them than Mary.