Posted by: livingscripture | April 14, 2014

Monday of Holy Week

From the Word of the Day


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.”

 (John 12: 3)       


How should we live this Word sinner

The evangelist John, the one closest to the Lord, evokes a scene that is in strong contrast with that which he is about to narrate.  In a short while, he will tell in detail the terrible horrors of Jesus’ Passion and Death.  Here he evokes an event where devotion, tenderness, and adoring Love prevail.  It is the gestures and objects that speak.  They express ways of being with the Lord and His Person that divinely rules.  They tell of sentiments and the ways different persons behave with Him.

There is the way of service, like that of Martha.  There is the adoring transport of Mary. There is the malevolent reaction of Judas.  However, the gesture of pouring the perfume of precious nard on Jesus’ feet by Mary and drying them with her hair is of such beauty that it has drawn the awed attention of many mystics through the centuries.

We need not be redundant, but rather we must stimulate ourselves at any cost to set aside time for contemplation, for entering into the home of Bethany, into the depths of our heart.  We need be preoccupied about our worthiness.  Let us reread the passage and immerse ourselves in Mary’s gesture.  The pure, precious nard is the attitude of heart that the Holy Spirit creates in us if we invoke Him with faith.  The pure nard is Love, the one we give Jesus and His living members, those who dwell with us or those we meet on our way.

Today as I pause for silent contemplation during Holy Week, I will place myself at Jesus’ feet, pouring out my love and desire for Him and giving Him the best of my time, my energy, my entire self.

O Lord, give me Your pure nard, infuse me with Love.  This is everything.  Empty it completely into me…oh then, what perfume! 

The voice of Pope Francis 

Hate, envy, and pride dirty life.  You do not have to fear goodness and tenderness.


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