Sunday, March 24, 2013
MONDAY OF HOLY WEEK
MARCH 25, 2013
MONDAY OF HOLY WEEK
Is 42:1-7 / Ps 27: 1. 2. 3. 13-14 / Jn 12:1-11
Here is my servant whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom I delight. I have put my spirit upon him, and he will bring justice to the nations. He does not shout or raise his voice proclamations are not heard in the streets. A broken reed he will not crush, nor will he snuff out the light of the wavering wick. He will make justice appear in truth. He will not waver or be broken until he has established justice on earth; the islands are waiting for his law. Thus says God, Yahweh, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread the earth and all that comes from it, who gives life and breath to those who walk on it: I, Yahweh, have called you for the sake of justice; I will hold your hand to make you firm; I will make you as a covenant to the people, and as a light to the nations, to open eyes that do not see, to free captives from prison, to bring out to light those who sit in darkness.
Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where he had raised Lazarus, the dead man, to life. Now they gave a dinner for him, and while Martha waited on them, Lazarus sat at the table with Jesus. Then Mary took a pound of costly perfume, made from genuine spikenard, and anointed the feet of Jesus, wiping them with her hair. And the whole house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. Judas Iscariot—the disciple who was to betray Jesus—remarked, "This perfume could have been sold for three hundred silver coins, and the money given to the poor." Judas, indeed, had no concern for the poor; he was a thief, and as he held the common purse, he used to help himself to the funds. But Jesus spoke up, "Leave her alone. Was she not keeping it for the day of my burial? (The poor you always have with you, but you will not always have me.)" Many Jews heard that Jesus was there and they came, not only because of Jesus, but also to see Lazarus whom he had raised from the dead. So the chief priests thought about killing Lazarus as well, for many of the Jews were drifting away because of him, and believing in Jesus.
The stage is being set for Our Lord's culminating act on this earth. His physical body is being anointed in preparation for this finale. The antagonists are in their place continuously criticizing the illogical actions of Our Lord. Now, all that's left is a final hollow death blow for everyone to witness.
We have the privilege of reliving these events after it has transpired so that we can continue to learn from these narratives. Does our seemingly good intention have a hidden ill effect? Do we just join outreach programs for show or do we really want to help the less fortunate? Do we treat as collateral damage other personalities that have hindered our selfish ambition for more power so that we may solidify our privileged position in civil society?
The greater good seems to have been placed on the back burner in order for evil desires to take over. There's no rejoicing and wonder for a man who was brought back to life. There's no love for a woman's actions in honor of Our Lord. There are only envious looks and maleficent plans being percolated. What good can come out of this?
God always knows the bigger picture. This seeming defeat at the hands of evildoers is just the pretext to a defining triumph. We are reassured that even if we plunged into darkness and despair, the Lord will save us because he has gained victory over the abyss of death. We will always be in his love as long as we don't give in to our sinful nature. We need to keep praying and stay on course because through his grace, everything will fall into place in his appointed time.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Carmen Reyes-Santos
- Albert Uy
Eternal rest grant unto them and may perpetual light shine upon them. May they and all the dearly departed rest in peace.
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Mario P. Escalante
- Birthday: Sharlyn Rose Go Kaw
- Birthday: Susan Go Uy
- In Memoriam (+): Stewart (1961-1993) & Frances Valerie Liao (1963-1993)
… for families who are in need of healing
… for world peace and reconciliation.
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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