HOMILY FOR MONDAY OF THE HOLY WEEK YEAR B
HOMILY THEME: EMPTY YOURSELF BEFORE GOD
BY: Fr. Benny Tuazon
In the day’s Gospel, HOLY MONDAY, Jesus’ feet are anointed by Mary with an expensive perfume made from genuine aromatic nard. Judas Iscariot could not hide his interest in the money which maybe generated had Mary, instead, sold the precious oil. But Jesus praised Mary for her taking the opportunity to render service to the Lord whose dying is very near. Jesus aptly reminded everyone that the poor will always be with them but Him, they will just have in a limited time.
We have entered Holy Week. The significant events before the passion, death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus is coming near. Mary’s anointing of Jesus feet is a sign of humility. Compared to Martha and to many others, Mary saw deeper in Jesus. Her acts, like preferring to sit at the feet of Jesus and listen to what He would say, signify her spiritual concern as far as Jesus was concerned. No wonder, she did not mind “wasting” her precious oil on the foot of the Lord. She showed Jesus her love and faith in Him.
Do you measure our love for the Lord? Do you hold back some things and some parts of yourselves from God. Is there something you cannot give or let go for God? Do you see God not as your enough, but just a part of your life? Mary expressed to Jesus that nothing could separate her from Him. Her act of anointing and kissing Jesus’ feet is an act of ultimate humility in Jesus’ time. Later, Jesus Himself will wash the feet of His disciples. Kenosis, emptying of oneself allows God to fill us with Himself. When we are filled with God, we achieve our divinity and our fulfilment as person.