Fear not, for I bring you Good news of Great Joy. THE CITY OF JOY - I am he that lives, and was dead and see, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.
This small detail emphasizes the lavishness of the woman’s act:
By breaking the alabastar jar, she shows that she intends to use up everything– every single drop of that expensive perfume– no holding back, no counting cost.
No wonder Jesus was moved by such a gesture of lavish love at a time when he needed it the most.
For that reason, Jesus described the woman’s act as “a beautiful thing” and promised that she would always be remembered whenever the Gospel is preached. All four gospels have made sure to keep that promise of our Lord.