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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

March 29 A..D. 2010


Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:



Isaiah 42:1-7
Psalm 27:1, 2, 3, 13-14
John 12:1-11


A reflection on today's Scripture:





With Palm Sunday's account of the Passion by Saint Luke still fresh in our minds, we enter Holy Week. But first, we spend a quiet moment in Bethany with Jesus at the house of His friends Martha, Mary, and Lazarus. Judas is there too.

As usual, Martha is active, preparing and serving. Mary, on the other hand, is at Jesus' feet where she performs a curious act, something seemingly opposed to what she usually does, that is, "to listen" of which Jesus says "is the best part and not to be taken from her."

Using costly nard, Mary anoints Jesus' feet and dries them with her hair. Seeing this, Judas is beside himself and as the room fills with the fragrance of the oil, he demands to know why this valuable nard wasn't sold and the proceeds used for the poor or maybe, he secretly thinks, to line his own pockets!

Jesus said to him, "Leave her alone . . . you do not always have me."

Mary's simple act of love shows us the best way to use our talents and wealth, what is exemplary, and above all, lasting - to sit at the feet of Jesus!

This week will end at Calvary with the darkness of our Lord's death and the silence of His tomb, but if like Mary we chose the best part, Easter will dawn. "It will not be taken from us."

~ Deacon James W. Chaufty | email: goobie2@frontiernet.net


Monday, March 29, 2010

Monday of Holy Week



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