Monday of Holy Week A

Who Do We Always Have in This Walk of Life?

In these first three days of the Holy Week, the Church arranges the first reading taken from the book of the prophet Isaiah describes the suffering servant of God, while the Gospel readings describe the last days of Jesus before he’s entering into his passion, death and resurrection.

In today’s Gospel, Saint John retells a story happening in Bethany at the house of Martha, Mary and Lazarus whom Jesus raised from dead back to life again. There are three characters worth to reflect: Mary, Judas and the high priests.

Mary anointed Jesus’ feet with an expensive oil that was worth three hundred days’ wages and wiped his feet with her hair because she respectfully loved him. She anointed Jesus’ feet with an expensive oil and wiped them with her hair because she had a deep love for him. Jesus saw into her actions as preparing him for his burial.

Judas, on the other hand, regretted for such spending that money to waste on Jesus’ feet. Saint John reminds us that it wasn’t because he cared about the poor, but it was because he was a thief and held the money bag and used to steal the contributions. To his evil and crooked mind, Jesus said to him, “Leave her alone. Let her keep this for the day of my burial.”

The high priests, time after time, tried to kill Jesus. Since Jesus raised Lazarus from dead back into life again, they tried to kill Lazarus as well because many of the Jews were turning away and believing in Jesus because of him, Saint John reported in today’s Gospel. It was out of jealousy that they didn’t want to give up their power; they didn’t want to lose their seats of honor; and they didn’t want to lose their popularity.

In these three groups of people: Mary, Judas Iscariot or the high priests whom have you and I identified ourselves with? How would we have the heart like the heart of Mary who has a deep and special love for the Lord Jesus? Jesus’ kind words and deeds that drew Mary come closer to him, how have the words and the deeds of Jesus affected our lives? We always have the poor with us, but we do not always have Jesus with us. So, how would we have Jesus with us always? Decision is yours.


Weekday Homilies 2019

Homilies by Fr. Joseph Thang Nguyen

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