As the old year comes to a close and we pivot to 2018, we consider a story told in Mark’s Gospel of a woman anointing Jesus with precious oil worth a year’s wages. While the disciples scold the woman for the waste, Jesus praises her, indicating that she is preparing Him for His burial. What can we learn from this encounter? What does it mean that the very author of life and creation was himself preparing to die? How do we follow a teacher such as this?