Archive for April 6, 2020

“Be like the rose that perfumes the hand that crushes it.” I first heard this phrase from my English teacher while in a conversation in my early teens. It struck me then and spoke to my heart as I was rather quick tempered then and at times slightly volatile. This phrase gave me a glimpse of a possibility of looking beyond oneself and being loving regardless of how one was being treated. Today I see Jesus as that very Rose that was crushed for our sins. He did not come to condemn the world but that the world might be saved through Him.

I am likewise called to be rose after my saviour for others. My acts of love and reverence for Him is the pure nard that will perfume the air that will lead others to Him. And if there is a need that I lay down my life for the least of my brethren, then I too shall surely rise with my Lord on the last day. This is my faith built upon my rock, my Lord and saviour Jesus Christ. Amen

First reading

Isaiah 42:1-7 ·
Here is my chosen one in whom my soul delights

Here is my servant whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom my soul delights.
I have endowed him with my spirit that he may bring true justice to the nations.

He does not cry out or shout aloud, or make his voice heard in the streets. He does not break the crushed Reed, nor quench the wavering flame.

Faithfully he brings true justice; he will neither waver, nor be crushed until true justice is established on earth, for the islands are awaiting his law.

Thus says God, the Lord, he who created the heavens and spread them out, who gave shape to the earth and what comes from it,
who gave breath to its people and life to the creatures that move in it:

‘I, the Lord, have called you to serve the cause of right; I have taken you by the hand and formed you; I have appointed you as covenant of the people and light of the nations,

‘to open the eyes of the blind,
to free captives from prison,
and those who live in darkness from the dungeon.’


John 12:1-11
‘She had to keep this scent for the day of my burial’

Six days before the Passover, Jesus went to Bethany, where Lazarus was, whom he had raised from the dead. They gave a dinner for him there; Martha waited on them and Lazarus was among those at table. Mary brought in a pound of very costly ointment, pure nard, and with it anointed the feet of Jesus, wiping them with her hair; the house was full of the scent of the ointment. Then Judas Iscariot – one of his disciples, the man who was to betray him – said, ‘Why wasn’t this ointment sold for three hundred denarii, and the money given to the poor?’ He said this, not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief; he was in charge of the common fund and used to help himself to the contributions. So Jesus said, ‘Leave her alone; she had to keep this scent for the day of my burial. You have the poor with you always, you will not always have me.’
Meanwhile a large number of Jews heard that he was there and came not only on account of Jesus but also to see Lazarus whom he had raised from the dead. Then the chief priests decided to kill Lazarus as well, since it was on his account that many of the Jews were leaving them and believing in Jesus.