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Monday, March 30, 2015

Hail to you, our King; you alone are compassionate with our faults - Daily Bible Readings March 30, 2015

1ST READING 
 
The Suffering Servant that Isaiah writes about suffers immensely in silence. We need to be realistic about the passion of Jesus. During Holy Week, let us seek to understand the reality of Jesus’ experience because everything that He takes upon Himself, He does for us. This is the truth of Jesus’ passion — He suffers for us. Even if there is only one person in the world, He still would have died on the cross. This is the depth of His love for you and me.
 
Isaiah 42:1-7
1 Here is my servant whom I uphold, my chosen one with whom I am pleased, upon whom I have put my Spirit; he shall bring forth justice to the nations, 2 Not crying out, not shouting, not making his voice heard in the street. 3 A bruised reed he shall not break, and a smoldering wick he shall not quench, 4 until he establishes justice on the earth; the coastlands will wait for his teaching. 5 Thus says God, the Lord, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spreads out the earth with its crops, who gives breath to its people and spirit to those who walk on it: 6 I, the Lord, have called you for the victory of justice, I have grasped you by the hand; I formed you, and set you as a covenant of the people, a light for the nations, 7 to open the eyes of the blind, to bring out prisoners from confinement, and from the dungeon, those who live in darkness.
 
P S A L M
 
Psalm 27:1, 2, 3, 13-14
R: The Lord is my light and my salvation.
1 The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom should I fear? The Lord is my life’s refuge; of whom should I be afraid? (R) 2 When evildoers come at me to devour my flesh, my foes and my enemies themselves stumble and fall. (R) 3 Though an army encamp against me, my heart will not fear; though war be waged upon me, even then will I trust. (R) 13 I believe that I shall see the bounty of the Lord in the land of the living. 14 Wait for the Lord with courage; be stouthearted, and wait for the Lord. (R)
 
GOSPEL
 
This image of a woman anointing Jesus’ feet and drying them with her hair is extraordinary. Try to picture it in your mind. This is a unique historical event that speaks of the depth of her love and experience of Jesus in her life. Let us not pass over it without trying to picture and understand it more fully.
 
GOSPEL ACCLAMATION
Hail to you, our King; you alone are compassionate with our faults.
 
 
John 12:1-11
1 Six days before Passover Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. 2 They gave a dinner for him there, and Martha served, while Lazarus was one of those reclining at table with him. 3 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; the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil. 4 Then Judas the Iscariot, one of his disciples, and the one who would betray him, said, 5 “Why was this oil not sold for three hundred days’ wages and given to the poor?” 6 He said this not because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief and held the money bag and used to steal the contributions. 7 So Jesus said, “Leave her alone. Let her keep this for the day of my burial. 8 You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me.” 9 The large crowd of the Jews found out that he was there and came, not only because of him, but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. 10 And the chief priests plotted to kill Lazarus too, 11 because many of the Jews were turning away and believing in Jesus because of him.
 
think: Let us seek to understand the reality of Jesus’ experience because everything that He takes upon Himself He does for us.
 
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