Lenten reflections 2018 - Holy Week - Monday of Holy Week



Monday of Holy Week
(Isaiah 42: 1-7; John 12: 1-11)

 'I am sure I shall see the Lords goodness

in the land of the living'


The setting of today's gospel is Bethany, in the home of Mary, Martha and Lazarus. During this last visit with his friends, Jesus receives two gifts, a banquet and an anointing, to remember who Jesus has been for them and to prepare for what is to come. You have been invited to this intimate space. You see Mary come from her room, carrying ajar of pure nard. She kneels down before Jesus in love and reverence and pours the oil over his feet. She caresses his feet and then wipes them with her hair. You look at Jesus, and you see him gazing at you. You feel the strong invitation to do the same. What are your reactions? What is the 'precious oil' with which you would like to use to anoint his feet? What is the gift you would like to give Jesus as he prepares for his death on the cross? As did Mary, kneel before Jesus and pour over his feet your gift. Be present to your love and that of Jesus as you anoint them.

You get up from your position and then hear Jesus ask you to take his seat. He takes a bowl of water and towel and kneels before you. Like Peter you may remonstrate, argue that you are not worthy, that Jesus could not belittle himself to do this for you. But with love he looks at you as he takes off your shoes/sandals. Gently he lifts your feet into the water and washes them. God kneeling before you.God the servant, God the lover. Stay present to this intimate and all-embracing love. How would you like to respond? What is his final word to you?


Breath Prayer:

I breathe in:    'Jesus, compassionate one'

I breathe out: 'I rest in your love'



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