“Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, there shall also this, that this woman hath done, be told for a memorial of her.” - Matthew 26:13.
Two days before the Passover, while the wicked Jews were planning how to kill him, Jesus went to the house of one Simon. While there a woman who had a box full of precious ointment started pouring it on the head of Christ. This attracted no small indignation among his disciples who felt such an expensive ointment should not be wasted. Their understanding had not yet grown to know who Jesus Christ really was. But he quickly corrected them by pointing out the spiritual significance of what the woman had done, that she did it for his burial. He then made the declaration in the text for today, that all those preaching the gospel must recall what the woman had done. Though the woman had spent money to buy the ointment she had gained what is far more than money in that she earned for herself a precious name. Apart from this unnamed woman, the gospel of Luke also mentioned women like “ Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils, And Joanna the wife of Chuza Herod's steward, and Susanna, and many others, which ministered unto him of their substance”. (Luke 8:2,3) Mary Magdalene, Joanna the wife of Chuza, and Susanna “and many others” who “and Joanna, the wife of Chuza, Herod's steward, and Susanna, and many others, “who provided for them out of their means”. (Luke 8:3 Revised Standard Version) It was in the sense of using their material means to support the work of evangelism that Apostle Paul requested Timothy to help the women who labored with him in the gospel. - Philippians 4:3. See also 1 Timothy 5:10.