Today's reading tells of several events that led to Jesus' crucifixion. At the beginning, we read of the plot among religious leaders to have him arrested, eventually convincing Judas Iscariot to betray him. We also are reminded that Jesus himself predicted his own impending death. An unnamed woman anointed him with ointment, something usually done to prepare a body for burial. Lastly, Jesus shares a final meal with his disciples -- the Passover -- and he gives new meaning to the bread and wine on the table, as his body and blood of a new covenant. Then Jesus goes out and awaits his own arrest.