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<< Monday, March 29, 2010 >> Holy Week
Isaiah 42:1-7
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Psalm 27:1-3, 13-14 John 12:1-11
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"Mary brought a pound of costly perfume made from genuine aromatic nard, with which she anointed Jesus' feet. Then she dried His feet with her hair, and the house was filled with the ointment's fragrance." —John 12:3

Yesterday, Jesus heard sweet acclamations of "Hosanna." Today He hears happy sounds of a meal shared with people who love Him dearly. In a few days, Jesus will hear the screams and curses of a raging mob shouting, "Crucify Him!" (Mt 27:22) Today Jesus feels the tender loving touch of smooth ointment and soft hair on His feet. In a few days, He will feel the painful pierce of metal nails in His feet.

So many people would be abusing Jesus' body a few short days after He ate with Mary, Martha, and Lazarus. Mary anointed Jesus' feet, which would soon be pierced with nails, and dried His feet with her hair. She did Jesus a kindness (Mk 14:6). She did what she could to love and comfort Jesus (Mk 14:8). Her loving acts toward Jesus filled the house. In a few days, Jesus will smell the smoke of a charcoal fire (Jn 18:19). His chosen leader and friend, Simon Peter, will deny that he even knows Jesus while standing by this fire.

This is the week of decision. Now is the acceptable time! Now is the day of salvation! (2 Cor 6:2) What is Jesus feeling, smelling, seeing from your life? Are you crucifying Him again (Heb 6:6) and adding to His pain? Or are you doing Him a kindness?

Repent deeply of causing Jesus any pain. Adore His Eucharistic body and receive Him in Holy Communion daily or as often as possible. Treat the members of His body, "the small and the great" (Rv 19:5), and the least of our brethren, with esteem (1 Pt 2:17). Do the body of Jesus a kindness (Mk 14:6).

Prayer: Jesus, make me a "sweet-smelling oblation to" You (Lv 2:9).
Promise: "The Lord is my Light and My Salvation." —Ps 27:1
Praise: Praise You, Jesus, the Chosen, Beloved One (Jn 1:34; Lk 3:22). "You are the Son of God" (Jn 1:49).
(This teaching was submitted by a member of our editorial team.)
Rescript: In accord with the Code of Canon Law, I hereby grant the Nihil Obstat ("Permission to Publish") for One Bread, One Body covering the period from February 1, 2010 through March 31, 2010.
†Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, August 26, 2009.
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