Homily for Mass – Deschatelets Residence
Monday 2 April 2012 – 7.30am
[Readings: Is 42:1-7; Ps 27; Jn 12:1-11
They gave a dinner for Jesus! Perhaps we might expect that as Jesus prepared for his passion and death, he might have done other things than going to dinner with his friends. But here he is, with Lazarus who had been raised, with Mary and Martha, loving others and receiving the love they offered him. This is how he prepared for the hour of his death.
Even when Judas needed to be corrected, Jesus didn’t focus on the fact that Judas was a selfish thief. Rather, he focused on the love that Mary showed. All the time, Jesus’ focus is on love. This makes sense: his death is the ultimate expression of love for us.
One way that we can enter into this Holy Week is to imitate Mary in the lavishness of her love. In these days we can be generous in how we express our love for God and for others. Perhaps this week, more than any other, as we contemplate the sacrificial love of Christ for us, we can be more lavish in our praise, our patience, our forgiveness, our generosity.
May we imitate in our own lives the love that God has shown us in Jesus.
[h/t: The Word Among Us]
We also prayed for the new Archbishop of Brisbane at Mass here in Ottawa this morning!