March 31, 2015

John 13: 21-33. 36-38

After saying this Jesus was troubled in spirit, and declared, “Very truly, I tell you, one of you will betray me.” The disciples looked at one another, uncertain of whom he was speaking. One of his disciples—the one whom Jesus loved—was reclining next to him; Simon Peter therefore motioned to him to ask Jesus of whom he was speaking. So while reclining next to Jesus, he asked him, “Lord, who is it?” Jesus answered, “It is the one to whom I give this piece of bread when I have dipped it in the dish.” So when he had dipped the piece of bread, he gave it to Judas son of Simon Iscariot. After he received the piece of bread, Satan entered into him. Jesus said to him, “Do quickly what you are going to do.”

Now no one at the table knew why he said this to him. Some thought that, because Judas had the common purse, Jesus was telling him, “Buy what we need for the festival”; or, that he should give something to the poor. So, after receiving the piece of bread, he immediately went out. And it was night. When he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him. If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself and will glorify him at once. Little children, I am with you only a little longer. You will look for me; and as I said to the Jews so now I say to you, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come.’

Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, where are you going?” Jesus answered, “Where I am going, you cannot follow me now; but you will follow afterward.” Peter said to him, “Lord, why can I not follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.” Jesus answered, “Will you lay down your life for me? Very truly, I tell you, before the cock crows, you will have denied me three times.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations

Ordinary Glory

In today’s readings we can see that what is most exceptional about these holy days is how they are so ordinary: a meal like so many thousands of other meals, a trial like the millions of people on trial and in jails today, an execution so commonplace it was grouped in with two other state criminals.

Yet, we want this Lent to be exceptional, the one where we finally figure it out, where we actually get it right. We long for this Holy Week to be the one where it clicks and we are changed forever.

In the midst of all his ordinariness and ours, Christ explains that is precisely in the ordinary where glory comes. What makes his ordinary days so extra-ordinary is that Christ’s will and the Father’s will are one. So too, for us, glory comes breaking in and charges our ordinary world when God’s will and our will are one.

Who does God long for me to become in my own ordinary days?  How does God long to fill my ordinary world with his glory?

—Cyril Pinchak, S.J. is a first year theology student at Regis College in Toronto. He taught previously at University of Detroit High School & Academy in Detroit, MI.

Prayer

Life-giving God, in your plan of salvation Jesus Christ accepted the cross, teaching us how to live our ordinary days in your love and grace. Strengthen our hearts these days of Holy Week and renew our hope in the everlasting life Jesus promises. Amen.

 


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John 13: 21-33. 36-38

After saying this Jesus was troubled in spirit, and declared, “Very truly, I tell you, one of you will betray me.” The disciples looked at one another, uncertain of whom he was speaking. One of his disciples—the one whom Jesus loved—was reclining next to him; Simon Peter therefore motioned to him to ask Jesus of whom he was speaking. So while reclining next to Jesus, he asked him, “Lord, who is it?” Jesus answered, “It is the one to whom I give this piece of bread when I have dipped it in the dish.” So when he had dipped the piece of bread, he gave it to Judas son of Simon Iscariot. After he received the piece of bread, Satan entered into him. Jesus said to him, “Do quickly what you are going to do.”

Now no one at the table knew why he said this to him. Some thought that, because Judas had the common purse, Jesus was telling him, “Buy what we need for the festival”; or, that he should give something to the poor. So, after receiving the piece of bread, he immediately went out. And it was night. When he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him. If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself and will glorify him at once. Little children, I am with you only a little longer. You will look for me; and as I said to the Jews so now I say to you, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come.’

Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, where are you going?” Jesus answered, “Where I am going, you cannot follow me now; but you will follow afterward.” Peter said to him, “Lord, why can I not follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.” Jesus answered, “Will you lay down your life for me? Very truly, I tell you, before the cock crows, you will have denied me three times.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations

 


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Ordinary Glory

In today’s readings we can see that what is most exceptional about these holy days is how they are so ordinary: a meal like so many thousands of other meals, a trial like the millions of people on trial and in jails today, an execution so commonplace it was grouped in with two other state criminals.

Yet, we want this Lent to be exceptional, the one where we finally figure it out, where we actually get it right. We long for this Holy Week to be the one where it clicks and we are changed forever.

In the midst of all his ordinariness and ours, Christ explains that is precisely in the ordinary where glory comes. What makes his ordinary days so extra-ordinary is that Christ’s will and the Father’s will are one. So too, for us, glory comes breaking in and charges our ordinary world when God’s will and our will are one.

Who does God long for me to become in my own ordinary days?  How does God long to fill my ordinary world with his glory?

—Cyril Pinchak, S.J. is a first year theology student at Regis College in Toronto. He taught previously at University of Detroit High School & Academy in Detroit, MI.

 


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Prayer

Life-giving God, in your plan of salvation Jesus Christ accepted the cross, teaching us how to live our ordinary days in your love and grace. Strengthen our hearts these days of Holy Week and renew our hope in the everlasting life Jesus promises. Amen.

 


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March 30, 2015

John 12: 1-11

Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. There they gave a dinner for him. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at the table with him. Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard, anointed Jesus’ feet, and wiped them with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (the one who was about to betray him), said, “Why was this perfume not 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 kept the common purse and used to steal what was put into it.)

Jesus said, “Leave her alone. She bought it so that she might keep it for the day of my burial. You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me.” When the great crowd of the Jews learned that he was there, they came not only because of Jesus but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. So the chief priests planned to put Lazarus to death as well, since it was on account of him that many of the Jews were deserting and were believing in Jesus.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations

Extravagant Worshiper

Christian singer and songwriter, Darlene Zschech, wrote the following message in the liner notes of one of her albums, “I long to be an extravagant worshiper…that God would discover the song in my heart to be elaborate, over-generous and wasteful in my pursuit of Him.”  Her words could easily be inspired by Mary’s actions in today’s gospel!

Jesus finds himself in Bethany in the company of good friends—Mary who has spent endless amounts of time sitting at his feet, Martha who has served with her whole heart, and their brother Lazarus who is alive again.

Surely they had heard the murmuring among the chief priests and Pharisees who were plotting to arrest Jesus. Did they know this would be the last time sharing a meal with Jesus in their home?  Mary holds nothing back and pours out everything she has for Jesus.  In a precursor to Jesus’ death and burial, Mary anoints him in the most extravagant, elaborate, over-generous, and wasteful sort of way. Jesus does need this kind of affection, and yet, his relationship with Mary evokes this incredibly generous response.

As we enter into this final week of Lent, where has the journey taken you? What would it look like to be over-generous in our prayer, our fasting, and our almsgiving? What more can I do for Christ— in offering forgiveness, extending generosity to the poor, and entering into prayer during this Holy Week?

Lord, I long to be an extravagant worshiper, to make a generous response in my relationship with you.

—Beth Knobbe is an author and ministry professional based in Chicago, IL. She blogs at www.bethknobbe.com .

Prayer

Teach me how to be compassionate to the suffering, to the poor, the blind, the lame, and the lepers. Show me, My Jesus, how you revealed your deepest emotions, as when you shed tears, or when you felt sorrow and anguish to the point of sweating blood and needed an angel to console you.

Above all, I want to learn how you supported the extreme pain of the cross, including the abandonment of your Father.

—Fr. Pedro Arrupe, S.J.

 


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Prayer

Teach me how to be compassionate to the suffering, to the poor, the blind, the lame, and the lepers. Show me, My Jesus, how you revealed your deepest emotions, as when you shed tears, or when you felt sorrow and anguish to the point of sweating blood and needed an angel to console you.

Above all, I want to learn how you supported the extreme pain of the cross, including the abandonment of your Father.

—Fr. Pedro Arrupe, S.J.

 


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Extravagant Worshiper

Christian singer and songwriter, Darlene Zschech, wrote the following message in the liner notes of one of her albums, “I long to be an extravagant worshiper…that God would discover the song in my heart to be elaborate, over-generous and wasteful in my pursuit of Him.”  Her words could easily be inspired by Mary’s actions in today’s gospel!

Jesus finds himself in Bethany in the company of good friends—Mary who has spent endless amounts of time sitting at his feet, Martha who has served with her whole heart, and their brother Lazarus who is alive again.

Surely they had heard the murmuring among the chief priests and Pharisees who were plotting to arrest Jesus. Did they know this would be the last time sharing a meal with Jesus in their home?  Mary holds nothing back and pours out everything she has for Jesus.  In a precursor to Jesus’ death and burial, Mary anoints him in the most extravagant, elaborate, over-generous, and wasteful sort of way. Jesus does need this kind of affection, and yet, his relationship with Mary evokes this incredibly generous response.

As we enter into this final week of Lent, where has the journey taken you? What would it look like to be over-generous in our prayer, our fasting, and our almsgiving? What more can I do for Christ— in offering forgiveness, extending generosity to the poor, and entering into prayer during this Holy Week?

Lord, I long to be an extravagant worshiper, to make a generous response in my relationship with you.

—Beth Knobbe is an author and ministry professional based in Chicago, IL. She blogs at www.bethknobbe.com .

 


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John 12: 1-11

Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. There they gave a dinner for him. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at the table with him. Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard, anointed Jesus’ feet, and wiped them with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (the one who was about to betray him), said, “Why was this perfume not 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 kept the common purse and used to steal what was put into it.)

Jesus said, “Leave her alone. She bought it so that she might keep it for the day of my burial. You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me.” When the great crowd of the Jews learned that he was there, they came not only because of Jesus but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. So the chief priests planned to put Lazarus to death as well, since it was on account of him that many of the Jews were deserting and were believing in Jesus.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations

 


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March 29, 2015

PALM SUNDAY OF THE LORD’S PASSION

Philippians 2: 6-11

Though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death— even death on a cross. Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations

“At the name of Jesus…”

There is a window in the chapel of the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, CA with the name of Jesus inscribed in more languages than I can even identify. It is a beautiful window near the tabernacle. In the center of this cluster of names you’ll find today’s quote from Philippians 2: “ At the name of Jesus every knee should bend.

Today’s gospel is long and the story while familiar is difficult. As we think of that name, the name of Jesus, we often focus on the resurrected Jesus. We know how the movie ends; perhaps Mass should begin with a spoiler alert. The story and the power of the passion can seem so intense that there is a tendency to move through it quickly and jump to the resurrection. But if we really want to understand why every knee should bend, we must go sit with the intensity of the passion. This week, spend some time sitting with the tension in which our gospel leaves us. In these days of waiting for Easter we should feel unfinished. We are unfinished. We are waiting.

—Fr. Eric Sundrup, S.J., a Jesuit of the Chicago-Detroit Province, serves in campus ministry for the University of Michigan at St. Mary Student Parish, Ann Arbor, MI.

Prayer

Lord God, increase the faith of your people and hear our prayers. Today we honor Jesus Christ, our triumphant King. Guide our lives by the example of his suffering and death. May we live always, holy God, in the kingdom of your promise.  Amen.

—from the Gelasian Sacramentary

 


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“At the name of Jesus…”

There is a window in the chapel of the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, CA with the name of Jesus inscribed in more languages than I can even identify. It is a beautiful window near the tabernacle. In the center of this cluster of names you’ll find today’s quote from Philippians 2: “ At the name of Jesus every knee should bend.

Today’s gospel is long and the story while familiar is difficult. As we think of that name, the name of Jesus, we often focus on the resurrected Jesus. We know how the movie ends; perhaps Mass should begin with a spoiler alert. The story and the power of the passion can seem so intense that there is a tendency to move through it quickly and jump to the resurrection. But if we really want to understand why every knee should bend, we must go sit with the intensity of the passion. This week, spend some time sitting with the tension in which our gospel leaves us. In these days of waiting for Easter we should feel unfinished. We are unfinished. We are waiting.

—Fr. Eric Sundrup, S.J., a Jesuit of the Chicago-Detroit Province, serves in campus ministry for the University of Michigan at St. Mary Student Parish, Ann Arbor, MI.

 


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March 31, 2015

John 13: 21-33. 36-38

After saying this Jesus was troubled in spirit, and declared, “Very truly, I tell you, one of you will betray me.” The disciples looked at one another, uncertain of whom he was speaking. One of his disciples—the one whom Jesus loved—was reclining next to him; Simon Peter therefore motioned to him to ask Jesus of whom he was speaking. So while reclining next to Jesus, he asked him, “Lord, who is it?” Jesus answered, “It is the one to whom I give this piece of bread when I have dipped it in the dish.” So when he had dipped the piece of bread, he gave it to Judas son of Simon Iscariot. After he received the piece of bread, Satan entered into him. Jesus said to him, “Do quickly what you are going to do.”

Now no one at the table knew why he said this to him. Some thought that, because Judas had the common purse, Jesus was telling him, “Buy what we need for the festival”; or, that he should give something to the poor. So, after receiving the piece of bread, he immediately went out. And it was night. When he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him. If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself and will glorify him at once. Little children, I am with you only a little longer. You will look for me; and as I said to the Jews so now I say to you, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come.’

Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, where are you going?” Jesus answered, “Where I am going, you cannot follow me now; but you will follow afterward.” Peter said to him, “Lord, why can I not follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.” Jesus answered, “Will you lay down your life for me? Very truly, I tell you, before the cock crows, you will have denied me three times.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations

Ordinary Glory

In today’s readings we can see that what is most exceptional about these holy days is how they are so ordinary: a meal like so many thousands of other meals, a trial like the millions of people on trial and in jails today, an execution so commonplace it was grouped in with two other state criminals.

Yet, we want this Lent to be exceptional, the one where we finally figure it out, where we actually get it right. We long for this Holy Week to be the one where it clicks and we are changed forever.

In the midst of all his ordinariness and ours, Christ explains that is precisely in the ordinary where glory comes. What makes his ordinary days so extra-ordinary is that Christ’s will and the Father’s will are one. So too, for us, glory comes breaking in and charges our ordinary world when God’s will and our will are one.

Who does God long for me to become in my own ordinary days?  How does God long to fill my ordinary world with his glory?

—Cyril Pinchak, S.J. is a first year theology student at Regis College in Toronto. He taught previously at University of Detroit High School & Academy in Detroit, MI.

Prayer

Life-giving God, in your plan of salvation Jesus Christ accepted the cross, teaching us how to live our ordinary days in your love and grace. Strengthen our hearts these days of Holy Week and renew our hope in the everlasting life Jesus promises. Amen.

 


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John 13: 21-33. 36-38

After saying this Jesus was troubled in spirit, and declared, “Very truly, I tell you, one of you will betray me.” The disciples looked at one another, uncertain of whom he was speaking. One of his disciples—the one whom Jesus loved—was reclining next to him; Simon Peter therefore motioned to him to ask Jesus of whom he was speaking. So while reclining next to Jesus, he asked him, “Lord, who is it?” Jesus answered, “It is the one to whom I give this piece of bread when I have dipped it in the dish.” So when he had dipped the piece of bread, he gave it to Judas son of Simon Iscariot. After he received the piece of bread, Satan entered into him. Jesus said to him, “Do quickly what you are going to do.”

Now no one at the table knew why he said this to him. Some thought that, because Judas had the common purse, Jesus was telling him, “Buy what we need for the festival”; or, that he should give something to the poor. So, after receiving the piece of bread, he immediately went out. And it was night. When he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him. If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself and will glorify him at once. Little children, I am with you only a little longer. You will look for me; and as I said to the Jews so now I say to you, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come.’

Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, where are you going?” Jesus answered, “Where I am going, you cannot follow me now; but you will follow afterward.” Peter said to him, “Lord, why can I not follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.” Jesus answered, “Will you lay down your life for me? Very truly, I tell you, before the cock crows, you will have denied me three times.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations

 


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Ordinary Glory

In today’s readings we can see that what is most exceptional about these holy days is how they are so ordinary: a meal like so many thousands of other meals, a trial like the millions of people on trial and in jails today, an execution so commonplace it was grouped in with two other state criminals.

Yet, we want this Lent to be exceptional, the one where we finally figure it out, where we actually get it right. We long for this Holy Week to be the one where it clicks and we are changed forever.

In the midst of all his ordinariness and ours, Christ explains that is precisely in the ordinary where glory comes. What makes his ordinary days so extra-ordinary is that Christ’s will and the Father’s will are one. So too, for us, glory comes breaking in and charges our ordinary world when God’s will and our will are one.

Who does God long for me to become in my own ordinary days?  How does God long to fill my ordinary world with his glory?

—Cyril Pinchak, S.J. is a first year theology student at Regis College in Toronto. He taught previously at University of Detroit High School & Academy in Detroit, MI.

 


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Prayer

Life-giving God, in your plan of salvation Jesus Christ accepted the cross, teaching us how to live our ordinary days in your love and grace. Strengthen our hearts these days of Holy Week and renew our hope in the everlasting life Jesus promises. Amen.

 


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March 30, 2015

John 12: 1-11

Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. There they gave a dinner for him. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at the table with him. Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard, anointed Jesus’ feet, and wiped them with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (the one who was about to betray him), said, “Why was this perfume not 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 kept the common purse and used to steal what was put into it.)

Jesus said, “Leave her alone. She bought it so that she might keep it for the day of my burial. You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me.” When the great crowd of the Jews learned that he was there, they came not only because of Jesus but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. So the chief priests planned to put Lazarus to death as well, since it was on account of him that many of the Jews were deserting and were believing in Jesus.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations

Extravagant Worshiper

Christian singer and songwriter, Darlene Zschech, wrote the following message in the liner notes of one of her albums, “I long to be an extravagant worshiper…that God would discover the song in my heart to be elaborate, over-generous and wasteful in my pursuit of Him.”  Her words could easily be inspired by Mary’s actions in today’s gospel!

Jesus finds himself in Bethany in the company of good friends—Mary who has spent endless amounts of time sitting at his feet, Martha who has served with her whole heart, and their brother Lazarus who is alive again.

Surely they had heard the murmuring among the chief priests and Pharisees who were plotting to arrest Jesus. Did they know this would be the last time sharing a meal with Jesus in their home?  Mary holds nothing back and pours out everything she has for Jesus.  In a precursor to Jesus’ death and burial, Mary anoints him in the most extravagant, elaborate, over-generous, and wasteful sort of way. Jesus does need this kind of affection, and yet, his relationship with Mary evokes this incredibly generous response.

As we enter into this final week of Lent, where has the journey taken you? What would it look like to be over-generous in our prayer, our fasting, and our almsgiving? What more can I do for Christ— in offering forgiveness, extending generosity to the poor, and entering into prayer during this Holy Week?

Lord, I long to be an extravagant worshiper, to make a generous response in my relationship with you.

—Beth Knobbe is an author and ministry professional based in Chicago, IL. She blogs at www.bethknobbe.com .

Prayer

Teach me how to be compassionate to the suffering, to the poor, the blind, the lame, and the lepers. Show me, My Jesus, how you revealed your deepest emotions, as when you shed tears, or when you felt sorrow and anguish to the point of sweating blood and needed an angel to console you.

Above all, I want to learn how you supported the extreme pain of the cross, including the abandonment of your Father.

—Fr. Pedro Arrupe, S.J.

 


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Prayer

Teach me how to be compassionate to the suffering, to the poor, the blind, the lame, and the lepers. Show me, My Jesus, how you revealed your deepest emotions, as when you shed tears, or when you felt sorrow and anguish to the point of sweating blood and needed an angel to console you.

Above all, I want to learn how you supported the extreme pain of the cross, including the abandonment of your Father.

—Fr. Pedro Arrupe, S.J.

 


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Extravagant Worshiper

Christian singer and songwriter, Darlene Zschech, wrote the following message in the liner notes of one of her albums, “I long to be an extravagant worshiper…that God would discover the song in my heart to be elaborate, over-generous and wasteful in my pursuit of Him.”  Her words could easily be inspired by Mary’s actions in today’s gospel!

Jesus finds himself in Bethany in the company of good friends—Mary who has spent endless amounts of time sitting at his feet, Martha who has served with her whole heart, and their brother Lazarus who is alive again.

Surely they had heard the murmuring among the chief priests and Pharisees who were plotting to arrest Jesus. Did they know this would be the last time sharing a meal with Jesus in their home?  Mary holds nothing back and pours out everything she has for Jesus.  In a precursor to Jesus’ death and burial, Mary anoints him in the most extravagant, elaborate, over-generous, and wasteful sort of way. Jesus does need this kind of affection, and yet, his relationship with Mary evokes this incredibly generous response.

As we enter into this final week of Lent, where has the journey taken you? What would it look like to be over-generous in our prayer, our fasting, and our almsgiving? What more can I do for Christ— in offering forgiveness, extending generosity to the poor, and entering into prayer during this Holy Week?

Lord, I long to be an extravagant worshiper, to make a generous response in my relationship with you.

—Beth Knobbe is an author and ministry professional based in Chicago, IL. She blogs at www.bethknobbe.com .

 


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John 12: 1-11

Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. There they gave a dinner for him. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at the table with him. Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard, anointed Jesus’ feet, and wiped them with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (the one who was about to betray him), said, “Why was this perfume not 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 kept the common purse and used to steal what was put into it.)

Jesus said, “Leave her alone. She bought it so that she might keep it for the day of my burial. You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me.” When the great crowd of the Jews learned that he was there, they came not only because of Jesus but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. So the chief priests planned to put Lazarus to death as well, since it was on account of him that many of the Jews were deserting and were believing in Jesus.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations

 


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March 29, 2015

PALM SUNDAY OF THE LORD’S PASSION

Philippians 2: 6-11

Though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death— even death on a cross. Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations

“At the name of Jesus…”

There is a window in the chapel of the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, CA with the name of Jesus inscribed in more languages than I can even identify. It is a beautiful window near the tabernacle. In the center of this cluster of names you’ll find today’s quote from Philippians 2: “ At the name of Jesus every knee should bend.

Today’s gospel is long and the story while familiar is difficult. As we think of that name, the name of Jesus, we often focus on the resurrected Jesus. We know how the movie ends; perhaps Mass should begin with a spoiler alert. The story and the power of the passion can seem so intense that there is a tendency to move through it quickly and jump to the resurrection. But if we really want to understand why every knee should bend, we must go sit with the intensity of the passion. This week, spend some time sitting with the tension in which our gospel leaves us. In these days of waiting for Easter we should feel unfinished. We are unfinished. We are waiting.

—Fr. Eric Sundrup, S.J., a Jesuit of the Chicago-Detroit Province, serves in campus ministry for the University of Michigan at St. Mary Student Parish, Ann Arbor, MI.

Prayer

Lord God, increase the faith of your people and hear our prayers. Today we honor Jesus Christ, our triumphant King. Guide our lives by the example of his suffering and death. May we live always, holy God, in the kingdom of your promise.  Amen.

—from the Gelasian Sacramentary

 


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“At the name of Jesus…”

There is a window in the chapel of the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, CA with the name of Jesus inscribed in more languages than I can even identify. It is a beautiful window near the tabernacle. In the center of this cluster of names you’ll find today’s quote from Philippians 2: “ At the name of Jesus every knee should bend.

Today’s gospel is long and the story while familiar is difficult. As we think of that name, the name of Jesus, we often focus on the resurrected Jesus. We know how the movie ends; perhaps Mass should begin with a spoiler alert. The story and the power of the passion can seem so intense that there is a tendency to move through it quickly and jump to the resurrection. But if we really want to understand why every knee should bend, we must go sit with the intensity of the passion. This week, spend some time sitting with the tension in which our gospel leaves us. In these days of waiting for Easter we should feel unfinished. We are unfinished. We are waiting.

—Fr. Eric Sundrup, S.J., a Jesuit of the Chicago-Detroit Province, serves in campus ministry for the University of Michigan at St. Mary Student Parish, Ann Arbor, MI.

 


Please share the Good Word with your friends!