"Leave her alone. Let her keep this for the day of my burial" (John 12:11).
Today's Gospel repeats the story told yesterday at the beginning of Mark's Passion account. John changes the setting -- from the house of Simon the Leper in Bethany to the house of Lazarus, whom Jesus just raised from the dead in the previous Chapter 11. Mark's anonymous woman becomes Mary, sister of Lazarus and Martha. The extravagant show of love with perfumed oil and tears is the same, as is the complaint of the disciples about the waste of money.