Now the Passover and Feast of Unleavened Bread were two days away. And the chief priests and the scribes were seeking a way to deviously arrest Him, that they might kill Him. For they were saying, “Not during the feast, lest there be a riot by the people.”
And while He was reclining in Bethany, in the house of Simon the Leper, there came a woman having an alabaster vase of oil-- pure and expensive nard. Breaking the alabaster vase, she poured out the oil on His head. But some were indignant, saying to each other, “Why has this ointment been wasted? For this ointment could have been sold for more than 300 denarii and given to the poor.” And they criticized her harshly.
But Jesus said, “Leave her alone! Why do you trouble her? She has done a good work for me. For you always have the poor among you and whenever you wish you can do good to them, but you do not always have me. She did what she could; she poured oil on my body as the preparation for
burial. Truly I say to you, wherever the Gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she did will be spoken of in memory of her.”
Then Judas Iscariot, one of the Twelve, went to the chief priests in order that he might betray Him. And when they heard this, they rejoiced and promised to give him silver. Then he began seeking for an opportune time to betray Him.