(c)Mateo Ivankovic 2017
April 10, 2017
Monday of Holy Week
Dear Family of Mary!
March 25, 1991 “Dear children! Again today I invite you to live the passion of Jesus in prayer, and in union with Him. Decide to give more time to God who gave you these days of grace. Therefore, dear children, pray and in a special way renew the love for Jesus in your hearts. I am with you and I accompany you with my blessing any my prayers. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
Six days before Passover Jesus came to Bethany,
where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead.
They gave a dinner for him there, and Martha served,
while Lazarus was one of those reclining at table with him.
Mary took a liter of costly perfumed oil
made from genuine aromatic nard
and anointed the feet of Jesus and dried them with her hair;
the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil.
Then Judas the Iscariot, one of his disciples,
and the one who would betray him, said,
“Why was this oil not sold for three hundred days’ wages
and given to the poor?”
He said this not because he cared about the poor
but because he was a thief and held the money bag
and used to steal the contributions.
So Jesus said, “Leave her alone.
Let her keep this for the day of my burial.
You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me.”
The large crowd of the Jews found out that he was there and came,
not only because of him, but also to see Lazarus,
whom he had raised from the dead.
And the chief priests plotted to kill Lazarus too,
because many of the Jews were turning away
and believing in Jesus because of him. (Jn 12: 1-11)
Like Lazraus’ sister, Mary, we can turn our gaze upon Jesus this week, and give Him all of our attention. Mary knew how to tune everything out, and only have eyes for Jesus. Even Judas’ taunts went unheard by her, as she anointed Jesus with costly oils and wiped His feet with her hair. Mary only had eyes and ears and heart for Jesus. Our Lady also had only eyes for Jesus, and this is what she wants for us.
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
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