Monday of Holy Week
March 29, 2021
Be with Jesus
Six days before Passover Jesus came to the house of Martha, Lazarus and Mary to visit. At this time we already knew that Jesus raised up Lazarus from his death after four days. Martha believed in the resurrection of Jesus. Jesus might come to say a farewell and get ready for his Passion.
Be with Jesus. Mr. Lazarus reclined at the table with Jesus. Ms. Martha may be busy cooking to have dinner ready. How about Ms. Mary? “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;” Mary was very attentive to Jesus’ physical, emotional and spiritual needs. She did something that nobody could ever think of. Why did she do that? 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.”
We do not have Jesus like Mary, Martha and Lazarus did in order to be with him. However, Jesus now is in the poor, the vulnerable, the powerless, the voiceless, the sinners, the marginalized, the prisoners, the sick, the hopeless, the loveless, the brokenhearted, the children and the needy. Those who are willing to seek for him will see him and he will be with them.
Be with Jesus in the Word, the Eucharist, the Sacraments, the Works of Mercy. We can be with Jesus in the silence of our breath, of prayerfulness and of daily work. Even though we are forgetting God in our daily life, God is with us always in secret to protect us and to lead us. Be calm! Be attentive! Be generous! God will come to visit you today.
Question: How do you receive Jesus’ visit in your life?