Jesus Is Anointed at Bethany
(Matthew 26.6-13; Mark 14.3-9)
1Six days before the Passover, Jesus went to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, the man he had raised from death.2They prepared a dinner for him there, which Martha helped serve; Lazarus was one of those who were sitting at the table with Jesus.3 Then Mary took a whole pint of a very expensive perfume made of pure nard, poured it on Jesus' feet, and wiped them with her hair. The sweet smell of the perfume filled the whole house.4One of Jesus' disciples, Judas Iscariot—the one who was going to betray him—said,5“Why wasn't this perfume sold for three hundred silver coins and the money given to the poor?”6He said this, not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief. He carried the money bag and would help himself from it.
7But Jesus said, “Leave her alone! Let her keep what she has for the day of my burial.8 You will always have poor people with you, but you will not always have me.”