Jesus Praises A Woman Who Gave H

While Jesus was at dinner at Bethany in the house of Simon, the

jar-maker, a woman came in with an alabaster jar of pure perfume, which

was very costly. Breaking the jar she poured the perfume over his head.

Some said to each other in indignation, "Why this waste of perfume? It

might have been sold for more than three hundred silver pieces and the

money given to the poor."

But because they found fault with her, Jesus said, "Let her alone, why

do you trouble her? She has done me a beautiful service. The poor are

with you always; to them you can do good whenever you wish, but me you

will not always have. She has done what she could; she has poured oil on

my body beforehand for burial. I tell you, wherever through all the

world the good news is told, this deed of hers will be told in memory of