Monday of Holy Week

John 12:1-11

The Anointing at Bethany

OTHER HOMILY SOURCES:

Entering the last days of his life we see Jesus in the house of His friends Martha, Mary and Lazarus whom Jesus had brought back to life. Mary showed her passionate love of Jesus by pouring a jar of expensive ointment over His feet and dried them with her hair. We admire this expression of Mary’s love, so generous and humbling. And Jesus appreciated it. Jesus foretold that the whole world will always remember what she had done for Him.

But Judas got angry at the sight, what a terrible waste! The money spent for the perfumed oil could have been used for the poor. But in reality Judas was selfish and greedy. Jesus said: “You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me.” There will be many way of expressing our genuine, humbling love for Him, including of course our concern for the poor.

We always talk about the church of the poor. But do her ministers express this love in everyday life? Years ago super typhoon destroyed the crops and fields of the farmers. Many people joined hands to help. But some did not move. One church worker remarked: “Some priests don’t see the poor at their doorsteps.”

Then we remember: “Whatever you do to the least of your brethren, you do it to me.” (Fr. Albert van Leeuwen, SVD Bible Diary 2002)

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There was once a man who was always tired after a whole night’s rest. His suffering reached an intolerable level, so that he finally sought the help of a psychiatrist. The psychiatrist asked him why he felt so tired every morning. He said that every night he had the same terrible dream. He dreamed that he was supposed to enter heaven. To do that, he had to pass through a glass door with a big sign. The whole night he would be pulling and pulling the door to open it until he would be so exhausted that he just falls down in a heap in front of the door. Then it would be morning.

The psychiatrist asked him what was written on the glass door and he remembered what was written in big letters: P U S H.  The psychiatrist remarked: ‘You mean what was boldly written there was PUSH and you kept pulling?”

Many of our sufferings are fruits of our own folly. We know very well that if we sin, we cut off our relation with God, yet we continue to do the same. It is, therefore, fitting that we are sorry for our sins. But we should also thank Him for He is ever merciful and faithful.

Perhaps if we unite our daily problems and sufferings with the great sufferings of our Lord during this Holy Week, we will surely gain more than what we can imagine. We will never suffer in vain. We may never suffer as much as Jesus did on the cross. But the wisdom and strength we will gain by understanding it will help us “push” our way to the Lord’s heart. (Fr. Carlos Lariosa, SVD Bible Diary 2004)

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The gospel passage today puts forward two famous/infamous disciples of Jesus: Mary the sister of Martha and Lazarus and Judas Iscariot, the apostle-turned-traitor. Mary in her extraordinary show of love for Jesus did not spare her prized perfume. She used it to wash His feet and wiped them with her hair! Judas, in contrast, saw how wasteful she was in doing so. He, being the treasurer of the Group of Twelve, saw how much money that perfume could have earned have it been sold to people wanting such luxury. Obviously, both had different reasons for their actions, Mary’s great love for Jesus and Judas’ love for money, more than the person of Jesus! Everyday in our Christian country we see the above scenario repeated. The majority of them are followers of Jesus at least they claim to be! Yes, we see that much of their time and treasures are spent seeking after bodily pleasure and comfort. They can hardly spend an hour a week in church to be with their God and thanking Him for all the daily gifts He gives them. Will we have to wait for our dying moments to be able to tell God how much we love Him? Start making it daily habit to pour some precious time with God. (Fr. Flor Camacho Bible Diary 2006)

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“The poor you will always have you, but you will not always have me.” What does Jesus mean with these words? “That there will always be poor people is a fact. He does not argue with or attempt to explain this fact, rather He wants to tell His disciples that Christianity is not exclusively for the needy and poor people. It is also a personal love exclusively to Him, a love that justifies many sacrifices,” says Segundo Galilea.

In one of the parishes I’ve been to, a lay leader observed: “Father, our parish priest is so involved with the plight of the poor farmers that we don’t see him anymore praying and practically neglecting the spiritual needs of his flock.” Well, she said it rightly. Some priests and even religious nowadays are becoming known to be social workers rather than men and women of prayer. There’s no question about getting involved with the plight of the poor, for that’s our mission. However, too much involvement should not deny or alienate us from our need to have a personal intimacy with Jesus. (Fr. Eliseo Yyance, SVD Bible Diary 2008)

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March 21, 2016 Monday

The impending death of the Lord is seen in our readings today. In the first reading, we have a song of the Suffering Servant of Yahweh, a clear prefiguration of the passion and death of the Lord.

And in the gospel reading, Jesus Himself spoke about his day of burial, so much so that he allowed his feet to be anointed with the aromatic oil. For some of us, it might be so difficult to think that

God who is supposed to be strong, omniscient and all-powerful is attributed with sacrifice, pain, suffering and even subject Himself to death. But this suffering should not be seen as an end in itself, but as a sacrificial service brought about by the great love of God.

In a seemingly grand idea of sacrificial love and service, we have the examples of Martha and Mary, whose lives are characterized by diverse forms of sacrifice and service. Here we have the Johannine version of the infamous reception of Jesus. And oftentimes, they become subjects of comparison as to who “chose the better part,” Martha being more active while Mary takes more contemplative adoration. The Johannine version is not very much interested in the distinction of the forms of services, rather, we are led to focus on how even our small acts of services are united into the greater idea of the sacrificial love of the Suffering Servant.

We can find beautiful examples of this in the lives of our Filipino migrants here in Rome, who devote all their energies for work, not for their own convenience but for the bene t of their loved ones. Many of them forget about their own concerns, braving loneliness and even deprivation of comforts, just to give a better life for their loved ones. I am not wondering why they still have all the energies to be active in church activities despite their busyness in work. Many of them, fresh from the sweat of working, would literally run on a Thursday afternoon for a Eucharistic adoration, for the block rosary on a Saturday night and most of them are full time pastoral leaders on Sundays, serving more than 50 Filipinos communities here in Rome alone. They, in their experience of sacrifice and love, find no better consolation in the suffering God who out of great love has offered Himself for the salvation of all.

As we continue the celebration of the holy week, let us unite our “little” sacrifices and forms of services, as Martha, Mary and even Lazarus did, in the greater sacrifice of the paschal mystery of God. (Fr. Antonio Gilberto S. Marqueses, SVD | Rome, Italy Bible Diary 2016)

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Editorial

Holy Monday: The anointing of the feet of Jesus

April 5, 2009, 9:45pm

TODAY we reflect on the anointing of Jesus’ feet by a woman named Mary (the sister of Martha and Lazarus who were close friends of Jesus) which foreshadowed His imminent death. She honored Him as God’s anointed and poured out to Him love and devotion too deep for words.

As Jesus made His way towards Jerusalem for what He knew would be His last Passover with His disciples, He stopped in the village of Bethany where He was invited to dinner by a well-to-do host named Simon. In the course of the gathering, a woman interrupted the meal, which shocked all those who were present: She loosened her hair and anointed Jesus’ feet. During that time, to loosen one’s hair in public, even for a married woman, was a sign of grave immodesty. Oblivious to all around her except for Jesus, she generously poured out a very precious ointment on His feet and then dried them with her hair.

There were some like Judas Iscariot who became indignant over what she did: “Why has there been this waste of perfumed oil? It could have been sold for more than three hundred days’ wages and the money given to the poor.’’ Jesus said, “Let her alone. Why do you make trouble for her? She has done a good thing for me… She has done what she could. She has anticipated anointing My body for burial.’’ (Mk 14:4-8).

Jesus turned to the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? When I entered your house, you did not give Me water for My feet, but she has bathed them with her tears and wiped them with her hair. Your did not give Me a kiss, but she has not ceased kissing My feet since the time I entered. You did not anoint My head with oil, but she anointed My feet with ointment. So I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven; hence, she has shown great love. But the one to whom little is forgiven, loves little.’’ Then, He said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.’’ (Lk 7:44-48).

The greatest commandment is not to understand, proclaim, or obey but to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength. (Mt. 22:37). After welcoming Jesus yesterday, we now accompany Him to His passion, desiring to be more intimately unified with Him. With an inner knowledge of the heart, may that love which impelled Mary to give not just a few precious drops but everything she had, also well up in our hearts.

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April 2, 2012

St. Francis of Paola
Monday in Holy Week
VIOLET

Is 42:1-7
Ps 27
Jn 12:1-11

The Anointing at Bethany

1Six days before Passover Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. 2They gave a dinner for him there, and Martha served, while Lazarus was one of those reclining at table with him. 3Mary took a liter of costly perfumed oil made from genuine aromatic nard and anointed the feet of Jesus and dried them with her hair; the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil. 4Then Judas the Iscariot, one [of] his disciples, and the one who would betray him, said, 5“Why was this oil not sold for three hundred days’ wages and given to the poor?” 6He 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. 7So Jesus said, “Leave her alone. Let her keep this for the day of my burial. 8You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me.”

9[The] large crowd of the Jews found out that he was there and came, not only because of Jesus, but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. 10And the chief priests plotted to kill Lazarus too, 11because many of the Jews were turning away and believing in Jesus because of him.

Reflection:

He was a thief. John describes Judas the Iscariot as a thief. He holds the purse and steals from the contributions. He allows himself to be used by Satan (Jn 13:27). In Matthew, Judas is motivated by greed, handing Jesus over to the chief priests for a paltry sum—30 pieces of silver (Mt 26:15).

When Jesus called him to be a disciple, however, Judas was a different man. Jesus saw his potentials and believed in his capacity and goodness. Judas was a promising apostle, but he must have made bad choices, wasted his resources, and squandered his opportunities. One wonders whether Judas listened to Jesus and put the Master’s teaching into his heart or valued and lived his companionship with the Lord.

Jesus believes in us. God has gifted us with skills and talents, graces and blessings. Jesus entrusts his work to us. Let us not fail him. Let us not make him sorry for choosing us. Let us always be grateful and faithful to him.

I will spend an hour before the Blessed Sacrament,
go to Confession, and invite my friends to do the same.

Source: ssp.ph/index.php/365-Days-with-the-lord/april-2-2012.html

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Holy Monday

April 17, 2011, 5:59pm

MANILA, Philippines — As we come closer to the celebration of the Lord’s Paschal Mystery which is the heart of the Christian liturgy, we reflect once more on the importance of Jesus’ saving presence. The Gospel reading is about another visit of Jesus to His friends Martha, Mary, and Lazarus who was just raised from the dead. (cf. John 12:1-11) They prepare a meal for Jesus and Martha anoints his feet with costly oil. After learning that Jesus is in town, people begin to flock to the house of Martha, Mary, and Lazarus not only to see Him but also to see Lazarus who had been raised from the dead by Jesus.

As Christians, we believe that Jesus is the greatest manifestation of the love of the Father. He is the mediator between us and the Father. In the person of Jesus, we experience God’s tremendous love for each one of us.

However, the presence of Jesus is not welcomed by some people, especially those who do not recognize God’s love. The chief priests who were intimidated by Jesus refused to see in him the Father’s love. They even plotted against Jesus.

This Holy Week, we are being asked to reflect on how much we appreciate the presence of Jesus in our midst. How often do we approach the sacraments which are manifestations today of his presence? Do we also see him in others? Do others see Jesus in us? Or are like the chief priests who do not want Jesus to interfere in our day-to-day living?

Let this Holy Week make us aware of the loving and saving presence of Jesus.

mb.com.ph/articles/314528/holy-monday

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HOLY MONDAY: IN DEED – “He will not cry out, nor shout, nor make his voice heard in the street.” – Isaiah 42:2

A Korean family that lived in the Philippines for a couple of years had themselves baptized as Catholics. Asked by the priest why they wanted to convert to Catholicism, the wife said it was because they admired the Filipino family who were their neighbors. This family showed them little acts of kindness during their stay in the country, like bringing over some food to share, acknowledging their presence with a warm smile, getting to know them through casual conversations across their fences, and the friendly Filipino children inviting their kids over to play.

The Korean family didn’t know what Catholicism was about, but those acts of kindness were enough to make them believe that the God their neighbors worshipped was a good God.

We don’t have to be skilled preachers of the Word to be called good servants of God. We need not “cry out, nor shout, nor make [our voices] heard in the street.” We preach simply by the way we live. Of this we have long been told, and it’s good to be reminded again and again. Nova Arias-Sevilla (nova.svp@gmail.com)

Reflection: “Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.” (Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta)

Lord, make me a servant today and every day.

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1ST READING: The Servant Songs of Isaiah, of which today’s First Reading is one, are worth a few moments of reflection as they can give us insight into the nature of Jesus’ passion and death. There is nothing more important to us as Christians than the means by which we were redeemed. This is why we need to understand it as well as we can. Let us resolve to open our hearts in a deeper way this Holy Week in order to strengthen our understanding and faith in what Jesus has done for us. Isaiah 42:1-7

GOSPEL: There are times to celebrate and honor people; there are times to get down and do the work that faith and love demand of us. Sometimes we might think that resources can be better used than in extravagant celebrations of our faith. However, Jesus makes it very clear that there are times when we should celebrate His love with others and we should not be ashamed to do that. John 12:1-11

think:  Jesus makes it very clear that there are times when we should celebrate His love with others and we should not be ashamed to do that.

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TO BE MISUNDERSTOOD: In general, we say Jesus suffered and was condemned to death by His contemporaries because they misunderstood Him. They thought He was out to destroy what Moses and the prophets labored on to inculcate in the hearts and minds of the covenanted people of Israel. Of course, in a way, Jesus was also misunderstood because of personal and selfish reasons in some of those who were around Him. Our Gospel today, for example, proclaims that the raising up of Lazarus — an event that could have made many believe and follow Jesus — was one immediate reason for the Jewish authorities to grow hostile against Jesus. Misunderstanding never stops. Besides Jesus, Mary of Bethany, the younger sister of Lazarus and Martha, was also misunderstood. Though soft-spoken and silent, Mary’s simple ways were not easily taken in a positive light. Earlier (cf Luke 10:38-42), Mary’s brand of being hospitable to Jesus, by giving Him attention and time as she sat at His feet, was taken by the assertive Martha as a kind of sloth. Now, Mary’s act of anointing Jesus’ feet with fragrant oil is misunderstood by Judas Iscariot as a waste.

We, who read about Mary’s anointing of Jesus at Bethany, also misunderstand her. This story has made many to say that Mary of Bethany was a penitent, adulterous woman — all because we create impressions, and interchange details with other similar Gospel materials (cf Mark 14:3-9; Matthew 26:6-13; Luke 7:36-38). Fr. Domie Guzman, SSP

REFLECTION QUESTIONS: In your own life, what complications arise from your being impressionable? What practical resolution can you make in this regard — as an act of true Lenten repentance?

Lord, forgive me for the times I misunderstood people because of my being impressionable.

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Reflection for April 14, Monday of Holy Week; John 12:1-11 – Reflection: Do you allow hatred, greed and envy to sometimes rule over you? What normally is the product when you allow these evils to take control of you?

The Pharisees allowed these evil intentions to rule over them that’s why they plotted to kill Jesus. They saw in Jesus someone who could overthrow them from their seat of power, so they must kill Him whatever it takes. This they did successfully but what was the bargain for their successful plot against Jesus? They allowed the devil to take control of them that’s why they were able to do what was unthinkable.

Hatred, greed and envy are methods of the devil to slowly trap someone to do the unthinkable. Take for example some corrupt politicians who would do everything to perpetuate themselves in power. Take for example some spouses who allowed hatred, greed and envy to rule over their love for their spouse.

We all know where these evil emotions brought the Pharisees. It brought them to the climax of their evil desire against Jesus. And they thought that they were finally able to rid Jesus out of their system. But they were all wrong, by His resurrection Jesus was able to defeat their evil intentions. By His resurrection Jesus was able to impress upon their minds that their hatred, greed and envy had brought them nothing except further misery.

The same is true with us all, if we allow the Devil to sow hatred, greed and envy in our hearts. (Marino J. Dasmarinas)

mjdasma.blogspot.com/2014/04/my-reflection-for-april-14-monday-of.html

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WORD Today (Is 42:1-7; John 12:1-11): Christ spent the last few days of His life with friends. Mary, offered Him a jar of expensive perfume, using it to wash Christ’s feet. Another friend, Judas, criticized Mary’s offering as too much and should have been sold and given to the poor. He said this because he was the group’s treasurer and he often stole from the funds. Defending Mary’s pure intentions Christ said: “You always have the poor with you but you don’t always have me.”

Today the poor are still around and so are friends who love the poor but have motives other than Christ. Pope Francis says that caring for the poor but not having Christ in our hearts makes us just another compassionate NGO.

This week, let’s strengthen our friendship with Christ and let Him mold us to love more and be more! (Fr. Iko Bajos – April 14, 2014).

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HOLY MONDAY (YEAR B) – JUAN 12:1-11. NGANONG BILILHON MAN ANG HIYAS SA KAMATINUD-ANON? Nagreklamo si Judas sa gibuhat ni Maria nga pagbubo og pahumot sa mga tiil ni Hesus: “Nganong wala man hinuon ibaligya kining pahumot og 300 ka denario aron ang halin ihatag ngadto sa mga kabos?” Apan, ang ebanghelyo mismo nagsulti kanato nga si Judas dili matinud-anon. “Gisulti niya kini dili tungod kay naluoy siya sa mga kabos kondili tungod kay kawatan man siya.” Bisan unsa diay kanindot ang mga pulong ug buhat sa tawo, wala kini bili kon kini dili matinud-anon. Ang inilang pari sa Church of England nga si Jeremy Taylor maoy nag-ingon: “This grace (purity of intentions) is so excellent that it sanctifies the most common actions of our life and yet is so necessary that without it, the very best actions of our devotion are imperfect and vicious.” Posted by Abet Uy

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HOLY MONDAY (YEAR B) – JUAN 12:1-11. NGANONG BILILHON MAN ANG HIYAS SA KAMATINUD-ANON? Nagreklamo si Judas sa gibuhat ni Maria nga pagbubo og pahumot sa mga tiil ni Hesus: “Nganong wala man hinuon ibaligya kining pahumot og 300 ka denario aron ang halin ihatag ngadto sa mga kabos?” Apan, ang ebanghelyo mismo nagsulti kanato nga si Judas dili matinud-anon. “Gisulti niya kini dili tungod kay naluoy siya sa mga kabos kondili tungod kay kawatan man siya.” Bisan unsa diay kanindot ang mga pulong ug buhat sa tawo, wala kini bili kon kini dili matinud-anon. Ang inilang pari sa Church of England nga si Jeremy Taylor maoy nag-ingon: “This grace (purity of intentions) is so excellent that it sanctifies the most common actions of our life and yet is so necessary that without it, the very best actions of our devotion are imperfect and vicious.” Posted by Abet Uy

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Reflection for March 30, Monday of Holy Week; John 12:1-11 – Reflection: What can you offer Jesus this Holy Week? Can you offer Him your time by going through all of the liturgical celebration in your parish? Can you offer Him some of your treasures by helping somebody in need? Or you have nothing to offer to the Lord because Holy Week is like one of the ordinary days for you.

When you treat Holy Week as one of the ordinary days or you treat it as your vacation day. You miss something very significant in your life, you miss the opportunity to have a personal encounter with the Lord. You miss the opportunity to deepen your faith with the Lord.

When Jesus went to the house of the siblings Mary, Martha and Lazarus, the three of them gave their precious time to the Lord. Martha prepared the food, Mary was beside the Lord listening to Him and even anointed His foot with expensive perfume. Lazarus dined with Jesus and listened to Him. No wonder the three of them were close to the Lord because they gave their precious time to the Lord.

Think also of how you could give your time to the Lord this Holy Week. It could be by listening to Him, it could be by serving Him or any activity that could bring you closer to the Lord. This Holy Week, shut yourself out from this boisterous world and enough of the noise of this world for this will not bring you closer to Him.

When you decide to spend time with Jesus this Holy Week you are already investing for your spiritual growth. Which you could always lean on when you go through episode/s of turbulence in your life.

How will you use your time this Holy Week? – Marino J. Dasmarinas

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WORD Today (Is 42:1-7; John 12:1-11): Christ spent the last few days of His life with friends. Mary, offered Him a jar of expensive perfume, using it to wash Christ’s feet. Another friend, Judas, criticized Mary’s offering as too much and should have been sold and given to the poor. He said this because he was the group’s treasurer and he often stole from the funds. Defending Mary’s pure intentions Christ said: “You always have the poor with you but you don’t always have me.”

Today the poor are still around and so are friends who love the poor but have motives other than Christ. Pope Francis says that caring for the poor but not having Christ in our hearts makes us just another compassionate NGO.

This week, let’s strengthen our friendship with Christ and let Him mold us to love more and be more! (Fr. Iko Bajos – April 14, 2014).

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March 21, 2016

REFLECTION: It has often been noted that love often inspires people to do things which, seen from the angle of cold reason, are downright unreasonable. And this applies not only to romantic love, but also to the love that binds a parent to a child, a friend to a friend, a citizen to a country, a disciple to a master.

In today’s gospel reading we witness such an unreasonable action inspired by pure love. In a gesture of extravagant lavishness, Mary of Bethany anoints the feet of Jesus, her beloved Master, with a costly perfume worth, in the estimation of Judas Iscariot, “three hundred silver coins,” that is, a year’s salary for an unskilled laborer—a huge sum of money. When she is criticized by Judas for her outrageous wastefulness, Jesus defends her: she is only anticipating his impending funeral, he explains.

When is the last time I did something extravagantly generous for God? Something which reasonable people would call unreasonable—but which God would warmly praise? When did I last throw caution to the winds, burn my bridges, go “all the way” for the love of God?

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