21st March

Small correction to yesterday’s blog: my grandniece Mary Browne was born at 1:27am on March 18th, not March 16th.

Today’s gospel is about Jesus’ visit to his friends in Bethany – Lazarus, Martha and Mary – and Mary-washes-J-feetthe washing of his feet by Mary. It is copied below. Here are the reflections of www.jesuit.org.sg

  • The washing of a person’s feet is done by the lowest of all servants.  Mary recognized her nothingness when she took upon herself to wash and anoint the feet of Jesus.
  • Mary’s use of the most expensive ointment showed her highest regard and intimacy for Jesus.  That she wiped His feet with her hair, was in great contrast to Judas’ view of the worth of ointment rather than the real worth of Jesus.
  • Do we give our best e.g. time, talents, possessions to Jesus?  Do we value Jesus more than what we have in life?

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Gospel – John 12:1-11 11:45-56    Six days before the Passover, Jesus went to Bethany, where Lazarus was, whom he had raised from the dead. They gave a dinner for him there; Martha waited on them and Lazarus was among those at table. Mary brought in a pound of very costly ointment, pure nard, and with it anointed the feet of Jesus, wiping them with her hair; the house was full of the scent of the ointment. Then Judas Iscariot – one of his disciples, the man who was to betray him – said, ‘Why wasn’t this ointment sold for three hundred denarii, and the money given to the poor?’ He said this, not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief; he was in charge of the common fund and used to help himself to the contributions. So Jesus said,
‘Leave her alone; she had to keep this scent for the day of my burial.
You have the poor with you always, you will not always have me.

Meanwhile a large number of Jews heard that he was there and came not only on account of Jesus but also to see Lazarus whom he had raised from the dead. Then the chief priests decided to kill Lazarus as well, since it was on his account that many of the Jews were leaving them and believing in Jesus.

 

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