Daily Gospel reflections: Give God your love

Monday of Holy Week

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. (John 12:3)

Many years ago, I remember passing a florist shop and thinking, “Wouldn’t it be great to give some flowers to Our Lady? I’ll bet she’d like that.” So, I did. I bought the flowers and laid them in front of her statue in our cathedral. When I did, I felt the most wonderful consolation and knew that it made her very happy.

In today’s Gospel, Lazarus’ sister Mary took some very expensive oil and anointed the feet of Jesus. There were those who criticized her, but Jesus did not. He was touched by the love in her heart, symbolized by her aromatic gift, and he welcomed it. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you were to express your love for God in some way today? You could give an extravagant gift. But the best gift would be your love.

— Msgr. Stephen J. Rossetti


Isaiah 42:1-7

Psalm 27:1, 2, 3, 13-14

John 12:1-11

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