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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

     “Now when Jesus was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, a woman came up to him with an alabaster flask of very expensive ointment, and she poured it on his head, as he sat at table. But when the disciples saw it, they were indignant, saying, ‘Why this waste? For this ointment might have been sold for a large sum, and given to the poor.’ But Jesus, aware of this, said to them, ‘Why do you trouble the woman? For she has done a beautiful thing (ἔργον καλὸν) to me. For you always have the poor with you, but you will not always have me….’” (Mt 26: 6-11)

     According to another Evangelist, John, it was the treacherous Judas Iscariot, and not any other of “the disciples,” who objected to the “waste” of the expensive ointment on Christ, out of an alleged concern for “the po...

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