Now when Jesus came back to Bethany and was in the house of Simon the leper,
A woman came up to Him with an alabaster flask of very precious perfume, and she poured it on His head as He reclined at table.
And when the disciples saw it, they were indignant, saying, For what purpose is all this waste?
For this perfume might have been sold for a large sum and the money given to the poor.
But Jesus, fully aware of this, said to them, Why do you bother the woman? She has done a noble (praiseworthy and beautiful) thing to Me.
For you always have the poor among you, but you will not always have Me.
In pouring this perfume on My body she has done something to prepare Me for My burial.
Truly I tell you, wherever this good news (the Gospel) is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will be told also, in memory of her.