Monday 15 April 2019
MONDAY IN HOLY WEEK
Isaiah 42:1-7. Psalm 26(27):1-3, 13-14. John 12:1-11.
The Lord is my light and my salvation – Psalm 26(27):1-3, 13-14.
‘Leave her alone.’
What an incredible gesture of love and intimacy it is to anoint Jesus’ feet with very expensive ointment and wipe them with one’s hair!
Mary gave all that she had to Jesus, including her most expensive possession, in a desire to love and console him. The scene is striking, and yet Mary’s lavishly generous gift flows directly from all she has received from Jesus. Those who did not understand criticised her, but Jesus came to her defence and honoured her gesture. Jesus does that with us too, with our sometimes-clumsy attempts to show love and to console others. He knows our hearts and our good intentions, which are sometimes marred by our human frailties.
Holy Spirit, open my eyes to see who Jesus is. Lord Jesus, give me the desire to share my deepest gifts and most valuable possessions with you. Give me love that I may share it freely with others.