Posted by: livingscripture | April 10, 2017

Monday of Holy Week

 

WORD of the DAY

 

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. (John 12: 1-11)

How shall I live this Word?

The drama of the Passion is on the threshold.  Jesus feels it in His soul.  He knows every detail of what will happen: the trap, the betrayal, the insults, the ferocity, the anguish of being abandoned by everyone.

Then He decides to go to Bethany, the house of His friends.  There He finds Lazarus, Martha, and Mary.  They are the closest ones who know His heart better than the others.  And each one, almost foreseeing His death, stay close to Him, with simplicity and love.  Lazarus is at table with Him.  Martha does her best serving the supper.  Mary acts with full gratuity.  And the perfume fills the house.

And we?  Do we know how to be near the Master in this solemn and tremendous hour?  Which attitude do we want to reserve for Him?  How can we love Him for those who do not love Him?  How can we adore Him for those who do not adore Him?  How can we thank Him for those who do not thank Him?

 

The voice of the Liturgy Psalm 102

 Do not hide Your face from me in the day of my distress.  Turn Your ear towards me; on the day when I call, speedily answer me. 

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