The disciples had heard their Master say, “I will have mercy, and not sacrifice,” wherefore they thought among themselves, If He accepts not burnt-offerings, much less will He the application of such ointment as this.
And He says not merely, “She hath wrought a good work,” but says first, “Why trouble ye the woman?” to teach us that every good act that is wrought by any, even though it lack somewhat of exact propriety, yet we ought to receive, cherish, and cultivate it, and not to require strict correctness in a beginner. If He had been asked before this was done by the woman, He would not have directed its doing; but when it was done, the rebuke of the disciples had no longer any place, and He Himself to guard the woman from importunate attacks speaks these things for her comfort.
That this mention of His death and burial might not cause her to despond, He comforts her by what follows, “Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever”.
Behold the accomplishment of this saying; to whatsoever part o...