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Monday of Holy Week

April 2, 2012

JMJ

Blessed Monday!

Grant, we pray, almighty God,
that, though in our weakness we fail,
we may be revived through the Passion of Your Only Begotten Son.
Who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever. Amen.
(Opening Prayer for today’s Mass)

Readings:
Isaiah 42:1-7 (the Messiah comes to rescue, not destroy)
Psalm 27:1-3, 13-14 “The Lord is my light and my salvation”
+John 12:1-11 (Mary anoints Jesus’ feet)

Justice favors the vulnerable.

The “strong” fend for themselves.

He said this not because he cared about the poor
but because he was a thief and held the money bag
and used to steal the contributions
-John 12:6

God fends for the weak!

Leave her alone.
Let her keep this for the day of My burial
-John 12:7

Who comes out on top?

When evildoers come at me
to devour my flesh,
My foes and my enemies
themselves stumble and fall.
-Psalm 27:2

Evildoers
(like Judas!)
stumble and fall…

It is God’s doing–
of justice,
not of strength…

He shall bring forth justice to the nations,
not crying out, not shouting,
not making His voice heard in the street.
A bruised reed He shall not break,
and a smoldering wick He shall not quench,
until He establishes justice on the earth
-Isaiah 42:1-4

A bruised reed…like Mary…

Mary brought a liter of costly perfumed oil
made from genuine aromatic nard
and anointed the feet of Jesus
and dried them with her hair…
-John 12:3

There is no lasting loss
in helplessness.
The bruised reed stands,
the smoldering wick burns on:
God’s gentleness
–His justice–
supporting them
in confidence.

Though an army encamp against me,
my heart shall not fear;
Though war be raged upon me,
even then will I trust.
Psalm 27:3

We can afford to pour our love
on Him
…in the sight of our foes!
We can’t afford
not to!

Does fear of vulnerability keep you from lavishing your love on Jesus?
What do you have to gain by “fending for yourself”?
What is the benefit of justice?

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One Comment leave one →
  1. April 2, 2012 6:34 am

    Thank you for doing this. Internet time was cut during Lent. We have not read all of your offerings, but the ones we have have been very helpful.

    God Bless!
    Mary, Theresa, Angelica

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