"The Gospel for today (Jn 12, 1-9) tells us of this impressive scene: "Jesus therefore, six days before the Pasch, came to Bethany…and they made Him a supper there; and Martha served…. Mary, therefore, took a pound of ointment of right spikenard, of great price, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair." Martha, as usual, was busy about many things. Mary, however, paid attention only to Jesus; to show respect to Him, it did not seem extravagant to her to pour over Him a whole vase of precious perfume. Some of those present murmured, "Why this waste? Could not the ointment have been sold… and the price given to the poor?" And they murmured against her (Mk 14, 4-5). Mary said nothing and made no excuses; completely absorbed in her adored Master, she continued her work of devotion and love…" <a Divine Intimacy

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