Sunday, April 09, 2017
MONDAY OF HOLY WEEK
April 10, 2017 - MONDAY OF HOLY WEEK
Is 42: 1 - 7 / Jn 12: 1 - 11
FROM THE 1ST READING: Is 42: 1 - 4, 6- 7
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 nor be broken until he has established justice on earth; the islands are waiting for his law....
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.
FROM THE GOSPEL READING: Jn 12: 2- 8
Then Mary took a pound of costly perfume made from genuine nard and anointed the feet of Jesus, wiping them with her hair. And the whole house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.
Judas, son of Simon lscariot - the disciple who was to betray Jesus - remarked, "This perfume could have been sold for three hundred silver coins and turned over 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.)"
In the Gospel reading we see the love and devotion of Mary who anointed the feet of Jesus with expensive perfume and wiped his feet with her hair: "was she not keeping it for the day of my burial?"
Judas, who was a thief and would betray Jesus, dared to complain about the "waste": "This perfume could have been sold for three hundred silver coins and turned over to the poor."
For Mary the expensive perfume was but a sign of her love and respect for the Lord who had taught her and others so much, who had been such a help for so many. For Judas the expensive perfume was a waste because, despite their years and time together, he did not really love and respect the Lord. If one loves, nothing is too expensive for the beloved.
In the first reading the prophet Isaiah reminds us of the key mission of the Messiah, "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."
Lord, come and save us.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:
DAVID STANDLEY G. CHOA
IMELDA CUNANAN INOCENTES
JOHANNA F. MALABONGA
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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