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We have 3 Hearts: Martha, Mary, and Judas

March 25, 2013

Monday, March 25, 2013, Monday of Holy Week

Isaiah 42:1-7.  He will not cry out, nor make his voice heard in the street. (First oracle of the Servant of the Lord)

John 12:1-11.  Let her keep this for the day of my burial.

Gospel Reflection:

Yesterday, we experienced Our Lord’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem. But then, his Passion and death are also recounted – lest we forget, that the promise of our salvation comes with a price.

That was yesterday, and with the dawn, we already encounter darkness creeping in around us; the darkness that is Judas’ turning his heart toward the Father of Lies.  And what does Judas try first?  He disrupts the anointing, of sorts, of the Messiah king.  The Evangelist explains distinctly: Judas has other motives.  And he is not alone.  Don’t we all have varying motives, sometimes relativistic and secular, as we try to interpret God’s work within us, and justify our action – or inaction?

Jesus enters the city to the jubilation of his supporters, thinking he will finally claim kingship.  Some have a genuine faith – a faith steeped in the covenant with God.  Some, display faith, but it is a belief motivated only by miracles, and not rooted in faith.  And still others, the priests, the Pharisees, who plot to kill him, because Jesus seeks to bring light and truth.  They reject the life Christ promises, and cling to their sinful plots – cling to their spiritual death.  It is all a contrast of life and death.

Judas represents our day-to-day struggles we have every day, but it is not where I find myself looking in this Gospel account.  The answer, to me, is the women of the story: Martha and Mary.  Martha steadfastly serves the Lord in all that she does.  Mary steadfastly demonstrates a deep and abiding faith of constant prayer, adoration and obedience.  These are the two facets of a healthy faith, and a healthy Church.

Yesterday, our new Holy Father Francis reminded us “not to give way to discouragement” and “don’t let him [the devil] steal our hope.”  Like Martha, we are to serve one another always – especially since we are reminded by John that we will always have the poor with us.  And like Mary, we are to prayerfully discern our actions, and keep our face towards the Lord.  And, also, we must be aware of our Judas, and concentrate on the joy of salvation.  In this way, we are led out into that joy by Isaiah’s Suffering Servant – recognizing our blindness, at times, and our imprisonment, at times – from living in darkness, and admit our need for God, and live openly, under any circumstance, in the light.

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