FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
March 29, 2021
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… 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…Jesus said, “Leave her alone…” (John 12: 1,3,7)
How shall I live this Word?
Jesus’ journey towards Easter begins with an excessive aroma of perfume caused by a gesture of love. We can understand Easter only where there are no prudent and measured calculations, where the gift overflows in abundance, with gratuitousness.
In this Easter, let us overcome the protests and objections of our heart, which push us to ‘be prudent, not to do too much’ and listen instead to the voice of Jesus who invites us to imitate Him with excessive love, and for love to lose ourselves for the good of our sisters and brothers.
“Leave her alone …”
The Voice of Pope Francis, Meditation 14 May 2013
Let us think of the moment when Magdalene washes Jesus’ feet with such expensive nard. It is a religious moment, it is a moment of gratitude, it is a moment of love.
Judas detaches himself and makes the bitter criticism: “But this could be used for the poor.” This is the first reference I found in the Gospel of poverty as an ideology. The ideologue does not know what love is, because he does not know how to give himself.
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