March 24, 2023     11:14 pm
74. Week of Septuagesima Sunday - Wednesday
Mary anoints Jesus
          She has come beforehand to anoint my body for burying.   Mark 14:8
          Six days before the Passover, on Saturday, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, who had been dead, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. There they made Him a supper. And Martha served; but Lazarus was one of them that sat at the table with Him. Then Mary took a pound of perfume of pure nard, very expensive, and poured it on Jesus' feet, and dried His feet with her hair. The fragrance of the perfume filled the house. Then one of His disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was going to betray Him, said: "Why wasn't this perfume sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?" He didn't say this because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief, and used to steal what was put into the money box he carried. Then Jesus said: "Let alone. She has done it for the day of My burial. The poor you always have with you; but you don't always have Me ." (John 12:1-8.)
          Jesus went to meet His death most willingly. That is seen from this story. And I think that Mary, always a silent, thoughtful listener of Jesus' Word, knew more of Jesus' impending sacrifice in death than all the others. And her great and fervent love for her Saviour moved her to do as she did. And her Saviour would not let them chide her.- Surely, you, O Christian, know what your Saviour did for you, how He loved you, and still loves you. Do you love Him! Serve Him as your love bids you do. He will take pleasure in it. It will please Him most if you surrender yourself wholly to Him that He may bring you to eternal bliss.
          PRAYER: - O my dear Saviour Jesus Christ, who of Your great love gave Your life into death for me, and love me now and always with a boundless love: I love You. But it grieves me sorely that I cannot love You as I should. But what is it You ask? You will have me, poor sinner, and save me. That is the reward You demand for Your love, O merciful Saviour. So, then, take me, and bring me to eternal salvation, where I shall surely love You truly and fully. Amen.

First Part : Festival Season
March 24, 2023     11:14 pm