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Monday of Holy Week – March 29, 2021

Bishop’s Reflections

March 29, 2021

For every day during Lent, Bishop Edward Malesic writes a scripture reflection for the faithful. Follow the bishop on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Monday of Holy Week – March 29, 2021

The Lord’s passion, death and resurrection approach. We make this week holy, set aside, to reflect on his Passover from death to life. He is ready and willing. He knows his mission and will fulfill it. He will hang on the cross for us and for all who suffer because of our separation from God. He will draw us up to God with him, as he is drawn up to the Father on the cross. He will die for us and we will offer our lives to him.

Judas is about to betray Jesus. In the Gospel for today, Judas feigned offense at Mary for using costly oil to anoint the feet of Jesus instead of using it for the poor. But Judas was a thief, wanting the expensive oil to sell and make a profit for himself. For Mary, however, the extravagant oil she used was a symbol of her great love for Jesus. Jesus also announces that his death is close at hand, “Leave her alone. Let her keep this (oil) for the day of my burial.” It will come a few days later.

The same oil would be used for his burial. Both in life and in death Mary loved the Lord.

May the oil of our love pour out on Jesus, especially during this Holy Week, as we remember what he did for us and what he still does for us. His extravagant love for us must also seep into our souls like an anointing of our own spirits.

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The Lord’s passion, death and resurrection approach. We make this week holy, set aside, to reflect on his Passover from death to life. He is ready and willing. He knows his mission and will fulfill it. He will hang on the cross for us and for all who suffer because of our separation from God. He will draw us up to God with him, as he is drawn up to the Father on the cross. He will die for us and we will offer our lives to him.

Judas is about to betray Jesus. In the Gospel for today, Judas feigned offense at Mary for using costly oil to anoint the feet of Jesus instead of using it for the poor. But Judas was a thief, wanting the expensive oil to sell and make a profit for himself. For Mary, however, the extravagant oil she used was a symbol of her great love for Jesus. Jesus also announces that his death is close at hand, “Leave her alone. Let her keep this (oil) for the day of my burial.” It will come a few days later.

The same oil would be used for his burial. Both in life and in death Mary loved the Lord.

May the oil of our love pour out on Jesus, especially during this Holy Week, as we remember what he did for us and what he still does for us. His extravagant love for us must also seep into our souls like an anointing of our own spirits.

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