March 26, 2018, Holy Monday
Gospel: Jn 12:1-11
Poor in Spirit? Receive Me.
As we enter the Holy Week, we might find ourselves still preoccupied with a lot of things. For some, it’s finally vacation to spend time with families, a break to rest from stressful days of work, and a chance to ponder on things that happened at the start of this year. To start this important week, we can have a few moments of silence and ask ourselves: are we prepared for this awaited week as we continue to deepen our Lenten Journey?
In our gospel today, Martha anoints Jesus’ feet with expensive perfume and filled the house with fragrance. On the other hand, Judas Iscariot opposed this act and said a lot of things about these gestures. This week, we are invited to have a welcoming heart like Martha who receives Jesus warmly by doing things freely and willingly, following God’s will. However, we are like Judas who is negative and unwilling because we are absorbed with our own intentions and worldly ideas which impoverish our spiritual life.
Today, Jesus wants to enter in our hearts so we can have his intention in our daily options. He wants us to have Him in our decisions, emotions and in our heart to deepen our relationship with Him. He wants to enter into the midst of our being. Let today be the start of filling ourselves with His spirit. Ask for the guidance and grace to be filled with Jesus spirit.
Reflections of Faith
Read and be inspired by a reflection based on today's Gospel made by members of the Verbum Dei Family in Manila.