In the first reading today, we hear about how we are called to speak up for those who cannot and help all those in need. It is often easy to focus on ourselves and get caught up in immediate gratification of helping and getting results right away. We are called to look past those wants and live for others day after day. This is so greatly shown in the Gospel reading. Mary anointed the feet of Jesus while He was over for dinner, a great sign of respect and reverence. Judas on the other hand gets upset at Mary for not selling this oil for money for the poor, but Jesus tells Judas to “leave her alone” since the poor will always be around to help but He would not always be around. This is a good reminder that whatever way we are serving others we should be doing it to share God’s love and not to gain glory for ourselves.
As we start off this Holy Week, I challenge you to reflect on the past couple of weeks of Lent, have you held up your promises for prayer, fasting, and almsgiving? If you have, think about how can you continue these practices even after Lent is over. If you have not, think about ways that you can start this week. It is not too late to start living for God instead of yourself.
Lord, help me to remember to serve others with a grateful heart and my eyes on You.
Emma Kalamarides, ’16
First Reading: Isaiah 42:1-7
Psalm 27:1-3, 13-14
Gospel: John 12:1-11
Daily Scripture readings can be found online at the USCCB website