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Extravagant love for Jesus

2 Cor 5:14-15: For Christ's love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.
  Let us Pray ...
Heavenly Father, Victorious Lord, we thank you for giving us triumph over death through Jesus, our Lord. Thank you for giving us victory over sin through his sacrificial death. Thank you for giving us victory today in our life as we live it for him. Through the precious name of Infant Jesus we pray. Amen.
  Today's Readings ... (April 18, 2011)
Monday of Holy Week
First Reading:  Isaiah 42:1-7
Responsorial Psalm:  Psalm 27:1,2,3,13-14
Gospel:  John 12:1-11
  Meditation on Today's Gospel: (John 12:1-11)
Mary did something extraordinary which only from a persons love can do. She took the most valuable thing she had and spent it all on Jesus. Her love was not intended but extravagant. Mary's action was motivated by one thing, and one thing only, her love for Jesus and her thankfulness for God’s mercy. Here she did something; however, a Jewish woman would by no means do in public. She opened her hair and anointed Jesus with her tears. It was customary practice for a woman on her wedding day to bind her hair. For a married woman to open her hair in public was a sign of serious immodesty. Mary least bothered who are around, except for Jesus. She took no thought for what others would feel, but what would please her Lord. The gospel records that the entire house was filled with the scent of the ointment. Her lovely action shows the extravagance of love for Jesus, a love that we cannot outmatch. The Lord Jesus showed us the profligacy of his love in giving the greatest he had by pouring out his own blood for our sake and by smearing us with his Holy Spirit. Do you allow the love of Christ to rule in all your thoughts and actions and in all your words and deeds?
(Lent, Easter and Sunday Homilies - Sermon by Fr Kuriakose)


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