Mary Anoints Jesus
12Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead.2There they gave a dinner for him. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at the table with him.3Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard, anointed Jesus feet, and wiped them with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.4But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (the one who was about to betray him), said,5Why was this perfume not sold for three hundred denarii and the money given to the poor?6(He said this not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief; he kept the common purse and used to steal what was put into it.)7Jesus said, Leave her alone. She bought it so that she might keep it for the day of my burial.8You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me.
5 Thus says the Lord:Cursed are those who trust in mere mortals and make mere flesh their strength, whose hearts turn away from the Lord.6 They shall be like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see when relief comes.They shall live in the parched places of the wilderness, in an uninhabited salt land.
7 Blessed are those who trust in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord.8 They shall be like a tree planted by water, sending out its roots by the stream.It shall not fear when heat comes, and its leaves shall stay green;in the year of drought it is not anxious, and it does not cease to bear fruit.
9 The heart is devious above all else; it is perverse who can understand it?10 I the Lord test the mind and search the heart,to give to all according to their ways, according to the fruit of their doings.