When Jesus had finished saying these things, he said to his disciples,
2"As you know, the Passover celebration begins in two days, and I, the Son of Man, will be betrayed and crucified."3
At that same time the leading priests and other leaders were meeting at the residence of Caiaphas, the high priest,
to discuss how to capture Jesus secretly and put him to death.
"But not during the Passover," they agreed, "or there will be a riot."
Meanwhile, Jesus was in Bethany at the home of Simon, a man who had leprosy.
During supper, a woman came in with a beautiful jar a of expensive perfume and poured it over his head.
The disciples were indignant when they saw this. "What a waste of money," they said.
"She could have sold it for a fortune and given the money to the poor."
But Jesus replied, "Why berate her for doing such a good thing to me? 11You will always have the poor among you, but I will not be here with you much longer. 12She has poured this perfume on me to prepare my body for burial. 13I assure you, wherever the Good News is preached throughout the world, this woman's deed will be talked about in her memory."
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)