Monday 6th April 2020
Monday of holy week
Isaiah 42:1-7, John 12:1-11
That Jesus had the courage to enter Jerusalem yesterday when we celebrated Palm/Passion Sunday was very surprising to his disciples who have been warning him that the Jews had planned to kill him if he enters the city. In the midst of all these troubles, only Jesus himself knew that his time had come, and he was about to accomplish his mission on earth and return to the father.
When people are passing through difficulties and hardships, many of us do not understand them. Instead of comforting them, we sometimes make some thoughtless statements that further injure them.
As Jesus is approaching his betrayal, crucifixion and death, the gospel reading tells us that Jesus decided to enter bethany to go and greet Lazarus and his sisters, Mary and Martha. It is possible that instead of understanding with him and showing him love, his disciples were still making things hard for him. Many of us may have heard stories of how those who are very I'll and are about to die, call for their loved ones to be around them
They want to experience love before they die. His going to meet his friends in bethany therefore may be his attempt to experience love from his friends before his death, since his own apostles could not understand with him.
We even see how Judas was angry that Mary was showing too much love to Jesus by anointing his feet and cleaning it with her hair.
We are therefore called today to try our best and be patient and understanding with other people because we may never know what they are passing through. They may be passing through the valley of the shadow of pain, torment and death. We should also treat people as if it is the last time we are going to see them. Mary in the gospel reading of today, did not miss her opportunity to show her love for Jesus. Crying when people die has no meaning if you refuse to show them love when they are alive. May almighty God grant us the grace to be sensitive to the plight of others. Amen. God help us.
Fr Michael Osatofoh Eninlejie MSP.