A Reading from the holy Gospel according to John 12:1-11
"Six days before Passover Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. They gave a dinner for him there, and Martha served, while Lazarus was one of those reclining at table with him. Mary took a liter of costly perfumed oil made from genuine aromatic nard and anointed the feet of Jesus and dried them with her hair; the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil. Then Judas the Iscariot, one of his disciples, and the one who would betray him, said, "Why was this oil not sold fro three hundred days' wages and given to the poor?" He said this not because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief and held the money bag and used to steal the contributions. So Jesus said, "Leave her alone. Let her keep this for the day of my burial. You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me." The large crowd of the Jews found out that he was there and came, not only because of him, but also to see Lazarus, whom he raised from thte dead. And the chief priests plotted to kill Lazarus too, because many of the Jews were turning away and believing in Jesus because of him." The Gospel of the Lord
+Come Holy Spirit, Creator Blessed, and in my soul, take up your rest+
In this passage today, we are drawn into a beautiful gift- the gift of Love 'pouring out', from the heart of Mary, the sister of Lazarus. There is a "fullness" in her heart from which flows a deep desire to pour itself out- and this finds expression in the utter radicality and generosity of the gift and the manner of giving the gift. Both important to ponder. She is on her knees, she is low, she is tenderly loving. This can only be a response- to Love. Mary's heart is so beautiful, it gives, generously, it gives what is held as priceless and precious, it gives purely (genuine nard-no substitute) it gives radically without thought of others views of he,,,, her heart is set on Jesus- loving Him. Let us ponder the Love of Jesus for Mary, the tenderness of his love, He knows her and understands her and because He understands her heart, he defends her ("Leave her alone") Marys' love is radical, total, utterly all for Jesus. Her gift is so 'full' that the entire room takes on its essence. Do I love Jesus Christ? How is that realized in my life right now, today? What am I doing to show that love for Him? to Him?
Do I come to him, in all my poverty and give myself, "as I am" into his hands? Do I give all the love in my heart to Jesus or just "left over lover? Am I real with Him, genuine with Him in my heart to heart conversation? Am i measured in the manner of how I love Him? careful to "protect" control or love "safe" without getting to close to Him? Is there fear inside my heart? Am I afraid of the kind of love Mary has?
We too must come to Him, pour out our hearts, whatever is in them, even the little, pour it out. To be able to receive the Mercy and Love of God, we must be willing to come with our emptiness our poverty our need.
Lord Jesus, Son of the Living God, have mercy on us. Amen