Bible: Mk 14:3-9

Jesus’ Anointing

14:3 Now 1  while Jesus 2  was in Bethany at the house of Simon the leper, reclining at the table, 3  a woman came with an alabaster jar 4  of costly aromatic oil 5  from pure nard. After breaking open the jar, she poured it on his head. 14:4 But some who were present indignantly said to one another, “Why this waste of expensive 6  ointment? 14:5 It 7  could have been sold for more than three hundred silver coins 8  and the money 9  given to the poor!” So 10  they spoke angrily to her. 14:6 But Jesus said, “Leave her alone. Why are you bothering her? She has done a good service for me. 14:7 For you will always have the poor with you, and you can do good for them whenever you want. But you will not always have me! 11  14:8 She did what she could. She anointed my body beforehand for burial. 14:9 I tell you the truth, 12  wherever the gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will also be told in memory of her.”

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