Monday, March 25, 2024

Nothing held back...

Monday of Holy Week
"There is only one anointing that is strong enough to meet death 
and that is the anointing of the Holy Spirit, the love of God.  
There is, then, something that is both exemplary and lasting 
in Mary's anointing of Jesus at Bethany.  It was above all a concern 
to keep Christ alive in this world and to oppose the powers 
that aimed to silence and kill him.  It was an act of faith and love.  
Every such act can have the same effect." - Pope Benedict XVI
(Today's Gospel: John 12:1-11)  

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"Nothing is held back, no drop is kept in reserve.
The house is filled with the fragrance, 
because the perfume is no longer hers
it has ceased any longer to belong to her as 
personal possession. The excess of this gesture,
 its extravagance, expresses 
the essential truth about love. 

Neither love nor the perfume, in this case, 
can remain enclosed in a container, protected 
and saved.  Instead, it must be all thrown away 
in the hour of lovewasted imprudently 
without a thought for tomorrow, 
poured out in its entirety."

Fr Donald Haggerty 

Painting above:  Forgiven ~ Daniel Gerhartz
Hat tip: Both quotes noted in Magnificat Magazine: Holy Week 2018, Vol. 20, No.1

This Holy Week let us together 
pour out our love before our 
Eucharistic Lord, Jesu Hostia...

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