While he was in Bethany, reclining at
the table in the home of Simon the Leper, a woman came with an alabaster jar of
very expensive perfume, made of pure nard. She broke the jar and poured the
perfume on his head.
Some of those present were
saying indignantly to one another, “Why this waste of perfume?It could
have been sold for more than a year’s wages and
the money given to the poor.” And they rebuked her harshly.
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. Truly I tell you, wherever the gospel is preached throughout
the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.”
The lectionary readings for this Sixth Sunday in Lent are: