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Monday of Holy Week – April 11, 2022

Bishop’s Reflections

April 11, 2022

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 – April 11, 2022

Mary, the sister of Lazarus and Martha, was generous with her love. She showed it by anointing the feet of Jesus with costly perfumed oil. It was a symbol of her willingness to give Jesus her best.

Judas, as we know, was outraged. He feigned the source of his anger, however. He was not upset that poor had been cheated out of the money used to buy the expensive oil. He was upset that Mary did not give any of the money used to purchase the oil into the bag from which he was stealing money. St. Paul may have been reflecting on the treachery of Judas when he wrote, “So it is not strange that (Satan’s) ministers also masquerade as ministers of righteousness” (2 Cor. 11:15). Elsewhere Jesus told us to beware of wolves in sheep’s clothing (Matthew 7:15).

We must keep far from those who would steal our desire and ability to give the best we have to Jesus. At the same time that Judas was complaining, Mary continued to pour her oil on the feet of Jesus.

Are we resolved to give our best to Jesus, too, even when others try to make us stop?

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