Monday, March 29, 2021

Monday of Holy Week

Year of Saint Joseph

Year of the Family "Amoris Laetitia The Joy of Love"

Readings of the Day

RB: Ch 48:10-17

Mass: Is 42:1-7; Resp Ps 27; Jn 12:1-11

The Lord is my light and my salvation.


The favors of the Lord are not exhausted, His mercies are not spent; They are renewed each morning, so great is His faithfulness. My portion is the Lord, says my soul; therefore I will hope in Him.
(Lam 3:22-24)

Welcome to Monday of Holy Week. The above passage from the Book of Lamentations, proclaimed at Lauds this morning, caused me to think about how patient Jesus is. With today's Gospel, I think of the patience Our Lord had with Judas, the patience He had with the large crowds, full of the curious who wanted to see not only Jesus, but also Lazarus, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. And then there were those who plotted to kill both Jesus and Lazarus. 😟 Saint Augustine's sermon included with the Office of Readings begins in this way: "The passion of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is the hope of glory and lesson in patience"(Monday, Holy Week). Why not once again go through Saint Mark's narrative of the Passion proclaimed at Mass yesterday. This time notice how patient Jesus is. Oh those disciples who just couldn't manage to stay awake with Jesus in Gethsemane. And we who can't manage to stay awake with Jesus either. As yesterday, we continue with Pope Francis and pray for the grace of amazement and enough healthy curiosity to stay awake. You will always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me (Jn 12:8). Heart of Jesus, patient and most merciful, have mercy on us.


Today's photo: Thanks to MG 😊 we see the moon in its fullness of yesterday morning. "The moon and the stars to rule the night, God's love endures forever" (Ps 136:9). 

© Gertrude Feick 2021

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