Now on the first day of Unleavened Bread, when the Passover lambs were being slaughtered, his disciples said to him, “Where would you like us to go and prepare for your Passover supper?”
So he sent out two of his disciples with these instructions: “Go into the city, and a man will meet you carrying a jug of water. Follow him and when he enters a house give this message to the householder: ‘The Master says, “Where is the room reserved for me to eat the Passover with my disciples?” ‘ He will show you a large room upstairs, set out in readiness. Make the preparations for us there.” Then the disciples went off, and when they came into the city they found everything just as he had told them. So they prepared for Passover.
Jesus was at Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper. As he sat at table, a woman came in carrying a small bottle of very costly perfume, oil of pure nard. She broke it open and poured the oil over his head.
Some of those present said to one another angrily, “Why this waste? The perfume might have been sold for thirty pounds and the money given to the poor.” And they turned against her in fury.
But Jesus said, “Let her alone. Why must you make trouble for her? It is a fine thing she has done for me. You have the poor among you always, and you can help them whenever you like, but you will not always have me. She has done what lay in her power; she is beforehand with anointing my body for burial. I tell you this: Wherever in all the world the gospel is proclaimed, what she has done will be told as her memorial.”
Then Judas Iscariot, one of the Twelve, went to the chief priest to betray him to them. When they heard what he had come for, they were greatly pleased; and he began to look for a good opportunity to betray him.
It was now two days before the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread.
And the chief priests and the scribes were seeking how to arrest him by stealth, and kill him. For they said, “Not during the feast, lest there be a tumult of the people.”
“Be alert; be wakeful. You do not know when the moment comes.
“It is like a man away from home; he has left his house and put his servants in charge, each with his own work to do, and he has ordered the door-keeper to stay awake. Keep awake, then, for you do not know when the master of the house is coming. Evening or midnight, cock-crow or early dawn–if he comes suddenly, he must not find you asleep. And what I say to you, I say to everyone: Keep awake.”
“Learn a lesson from the fig-tree. When its tender shoots appear and are breaking into leaf, you know that summer is near. In the same way, when you see all this happening, you may know that the end is near [note: “Or that he is near], at the very door. I tell you this, the present generation will live to see it all. Heaven and earth will pass away; my words will never pass away.”
“But about that day or that hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, not even the Son, only the Father.”