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Reflections and Perspectives

Welcome! Reflections, Testimonials, and Perspectives for St. Mary Magdalen are offered by our priests, deacons, parishioners, and others as guest writers. We will offer a Sunday Reflection as well as other topics. 

  • Deacon Anthony Cincotta

Monday of Holy Week

Book of the Prophet Isiah 42:1-7, Psalm 27:1-3, 13-14, & John 12:1-11

On this Monday of Holy Week, we see Jesus at home with his friends, Lazarus, and his sisters, Martha and Mary. He certainly has had a complicated relationship with them recently. Lazarus (in John Chapter 11) was ill and died, and the sisters questioned Him as to why it took so long to return to Bethany. Jesus, filled with deep feelings, called Lazarus forth from the tomb, “Unbind him and set him free.” Now, in today’s Gospel narrative, these four are dining together. What must their conversation be like?

Mary decides to pull out the lavish gift of aromatic nard, kneels in front of Jesus and anoint His feet with the oil, and dries them with her hair. The fragrance of the ointment fills the room.

We must take note that she is not weeping, nor is she repenting. She is just offering her dear friend a gift. Our Lord accepts the gift, much to the consternation of Judas. I believe we should close our eyes at this point and take a moment and consider the care and love that Mary pours out onto the feet of Jesus, a mere six days before Passover.

Could it be that Mary, by her act of kindness, “instructed” her Lord? Could it be that she demonstrates a love and devotion that touched Jesus’ heart in a special way? Is it a coincidence that just a few days later, He mirrors this same action? He kneels at the feet of His disciples and washes their feet. Could it be that the loving friendship He found in Mary’s gesture offered an example for him to demonstrate His loving friendship for the disciples?

Today we learn some important things in life by receiving, not just by doing. Maybe the true things in life, like friendship and discipleship, are learned first by receiving. May we simply share this thought together—“Behold what God has done for us!”

Question of the Day: How will you share the gifts God has given to you with others?

Prayer: “The Lord is my light and my salvation.” (Psalm 27)



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