Mary’s Extravagant Love for Jesus Christ

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MY daily reflection and prayer:
Monday, March 30, 2015
Holy Week

Dear my friends,
Here is the Gospel for us today according to St. John 12:1-11

Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. There they made him a supper; Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at table with him. Mary took a pound of costly ointment of pure nard and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet with her hair; and the house was filled with the fragrance of the ointment. But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (he who was to betray him), said, “Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?”

This he said, not that he cared for the poor but because he was a thief, and as he had the money box he used to take what was put into it. Jesus said, “Let her alone, let her keep it for the day of my burial. The poor you always have with you, but you do not always have me.”

When the great crowd of the Jews learned that he was there, they came, not only on account of Jesus but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. So the chief priests planned to put Lazarus also to death, because on account of him many of the Jews were going away and believing in Jesus. The next day a great crowd who had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem.

This is the Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.

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The Gospel today records something extraordinary about Mary’s love to Jesus. Let’s focus our reflection on Mary’s deeds. Mary, the sister of Martha and Lazarus, does something which only love can do. What is it?

St. John describes, she took the most precious thing she had and spent it all on Jesus. She loosed her hair and anointed Jesus with her tears. In humility she stooped to anoint Jesus’ feet and to dry them with her hair. Mary’s action was motivated by one thing, and one thing only, namely, her love for Jesus and her gratitude for God’s mercy.

What Mary did brings sweetness not only in the physical sense, but the spiritual sense as well. Her lovely deed shows the extravagance of love, a love that we cannot outmatch.

Truly, what Mary did makes us understand what Jesus Christ also did for us. He also showed us the extravagance of his love in giving the best he had by pouring out his own blood for our sake and by anointing us with his Holy Spirit. It’s why that nothing will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus (Cfr. Romans 8:39).

In Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist while worshipping Jesus Christ, we allow his love to rule in all our thoughts and intentions, and in all our words and deeds. We learn to anoint the Lord’s feet and show him your love and gratitude with our adoration and prayer.

Let’s pray: Lord Jesus Christ, give us, a lively faith, a firm hope, a fervent charity, a love of you. Grant us fervor and delight in thinking of you and your grace, your tender compassion towards us. May we love you in all the best we can do now and forever. Amen.

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