In whose house did the incident take place?
In Mark’s and Matthew’s Gospels it occurred
in Simon’s house. But there is not a word
in John about Simon the Pharisee.
We do know that it was in Bethany;
perhaps it was the home of Lazarus.
In either case, it need not trouble us,
for it is possible to reconcile
the scene described in Simon’s domicile
with that which John relates in his account.
Besides, the diff’rences do not amount
to anything worth worrying about.
The bottom line is that there is no doubt
a feast was held in honor of the King,
where Martha served and Mary did her thing,
evoking Jesus’ words about the poor,
and heralding her act for evermore.