Monday, March 30, 2015

Check yourself. What Judas-like attitudes do you have that you want to get rid of? - Daily Reflections March 30,2015

We are now at the “dear days” of the Holy Week, or what we call “ang mga Mahal na Araw” in Filipino. Not only are they dear in the sense of being heartfelt, but also precious or expensive. This is true because as we commemorate these days the great events of Jesus’ Passion, Death and Resurrection, we realize the costly price which God paid for our salvation.
         Also in terms of the liturgical readings, the biblical best has been saved for Holy Week (as the The Vatican II Weekday Missal puts it). The First Reading is one of the so-called “Servant Songs,” poems from the second part of Isaiah (Chapters 40-55) which depict the call of Israel as God’s servant. The early Christians read these poems with reference to Jesus, the Suffering Servant of God.
         On the other hand, today’s Gospel passage presents us with two contrasting images of servanthood in the persons of Mary and Judas. Both of them were followers of Jesus, belonging to His inner circle and sitting at His feet, so to speak. But the first was moved to splendid generosity, while the other to hypocrisy and treachery. Similar, too, was the double, contrasting result of the entire episode in the home of Lazarus: a crowd of Jews came to see Jesus and Lazarus, while the chief priests plotted to kill both.
         It makes us ponder seriously on how and why such a gentle and meek Servant (Jesus, who “shall not break a bruised reed nor quench a smoldering wick”) could generate two differing responses. It’s a no-brainer as to which of the two ought to be ours. But even if we do honestly admit our Judas-like attitudes and misdeeds, we humbly atone for our sins and we throw ourselves at the feet of Jesus for His mercy and forgiveness. Fr. Martin Macasaet, SDB
REFLECTION QUESTION: Check yourself. What Judas-like attitudes do you have that you want to get rid of?
Help me, dear Jesus, to open myself to You. Purify me and cleanse me of my deeply ingrained bad habits and behavior.

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