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Monday of Holy Week

March 26, 2018

JMJ

Blessed Holy Monday!

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)

The fragrance spilled
by Mary’s charity,
in imitation of
her brother’s witness,
opened blinded eyes
to see,
freed captive hearts,
to new belief,
gave benefits
that far exceed
the paltry bit
of bread
it could’ve bought
to feed the poor.

Do I overvalue physical benefits at the expense of spiritual treasures?
Does my life spread the fragrance of Christ throughout my sphere of influence?

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Palm/Passion Sunday

March 25, 2018

JMJ

Blessed Palm Sunday!

We are entering into the most holy days of the Church year,
intensifying our preparation to unite ourselves with Jesus in His Passion and death
as He leads us through tragedy into triumph.
You will notice that we do not celebrate any saints this week or next.
Nothing may interrupt these high holy days.

The palms we receive today are blessed–they’re sacramentals (sources of grace)
that are intended to remind us of Jesus’ victory over sin and death
(palms have long been symbols of victory).
That means they must be treated with reverence.
One common practise is to make crosses of them
and tuck these crosses behind holy pictures or crucifixes hanging in your home.
Instructions for making simple palm crosses can be found here or here.
If you need to dispose of old palms (or scraps from making palm crosses),
they should be reverently burned or buried in a place that will not be disturbed–
not thrown away (this is true of all blessed items of devotion).

Readings:
+Mark 11:1-10 or John 12:12-16 (Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem)
Isaiah 50:4-7 (God’s noble servant is not deterred by suffering and insult)
Psalm 22:8-9, 17-20, 23-24 “My God, my God, why have You abandoned me?”
Philippians 2:6-11 (because Jesus emptied Himself, God has exalted Him)
+Mark 14:1-15:47 (Jesus’ Passion and death)

Repeatedly
this King has bent
His ear
to hear
the Voice
to which
the rest of us
rebel,
and to my weariness
He brings
the costly Word
that quickens me.

What happens to my enthusiasm for Jesus when the tide turns against Him?
What provokes me to rebel?

First Saturday of Passiontide (March 24)

March 24, 2018

JMJ

Blessed Saturday!

Readings:
Ezekiel 37:21-28 (God will unite His people in holiness)
Jeremiah 31:10-13 (The Lord will guard us, like a shepherd guarding his flock)
+John 11:45-57 (it is better for one man to die for the people)

The reunification
of the nation
was beyond
the ken of men
until
God introduced
divinity,
empowering
a legacy
to integrate
community
through
generous humility
that brought
even
the heathens
in.

Do I draw upon divine power in building and rebuilding relationships?
Do I lay down my life for the sake of reconciliation, in imitation of Jesus?

First Friday of Passiontide (St. Turibius of Mogrovejo)

March 23, 2018

JMJ

Blessed St. Turibius of Mogrovejo ‘s Day!

st-turibiusofmogrovejo

You can find his story here.

Readings:
2 Timothy 1:13-14; 2:1-3 (Be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus)
Psalm 96:1-3, 7-8, 10 “Proclaim God’s marvelous deeds to all the nations”
+Matthew 9:35-38 (Ask the Lord of the Harvest to send out laborers)

I will not
accept
as “normal”
the condition
of a world
beset by sin;
souls tossed
and troubled,
stripped,
degraded
from within.

My norm
is Heaven
souls exalted,
strengthened,
glorified,
alive
and even
deified!

This is
the will
of God–
for which
He died.

Dare I do less?

Have I allowed sound doctrine to build up my own soul?
Does my heart burn with Jesus’ compassion for shepherd-less souls?

First Thursday of Passiontide

March 22, 2018

JMJ

Blessed Thursday!

Readings:
Genesis 17:3-9 (God establishes His covenant with Abram and changes his name to Abraham)
Psalm 105:4-9 “The Lord remembers His covenant forever”
+John 8:51-59 (Abraham rejoiced to see Jesus’ day)

Death does not
have a claim
on me
when I’ve been
claimed
by Abraham,
as part of
the fulfillment
of God’s promises
to him.

Would Abraham recognize in me a “chip off the old block”?
Do I keep my end of the covenant?

First Wednesday of Passiontide

March 21, 2018

JMJ

Blessed Wednesday!

Readings:
Daniel 3:14-20, 91-92, 95 (Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the fiery furnace)
Daniel 3:52-56 “Glory and praise forever!”
+ John 8:31-42 (we are slaves of sin, but Jesus has come to set us free)

I cannot be
enslaved
by anything
if I have been
set free
by Christ;
free to
lay down my life
to vanquish sin.

How free am I?
For what price do I sell my soul?

First Tuesday of Passiontide

March 20, 2018

JMJ

Blessed Tuesday!

Readings:
Numbers 21:4-9 (the bronze serpent)
Psalm 102:2-3, 16-21 “O Lord, hear my prayer, and let my cry come to You”
+John 8:21-30 (we must believe in Jesus to be saved)

When I
lift up
the Son of Man
I realize
He IS
the Son of God,
Who knows my sins
and could condemn,
yet bids me
leave
my old “belonging”,
lift my heart,
and cleave to Him.

To whom or what do I belong?
Is Jesus “lifted up” in my life?

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