Posted by: vftmom247 | 2012/04/02

Impulse: Mary took a liter of costly perfumed oil

Monday of Holy Week 

Gospel:  John 12:1-11.

Mary took a liter of costly perfumed oil. (John 12:3)

Mary loved Jesus with a really human kind of love.  And real love is extravagant.  It is not practical.  There is more to life than the bottom line.  Love brings a whole new dimension to our lives.  When it is absent, when we only think practically, then our life is dry and boring.  We often hear, especially from young people, that they are looking for a “kick”.  Expressed therein is the longing that there has to be more to life.  They do not want a life that is only boredom, in which they do only sensible things.  Our lives must also include room for something else, maybe something totally “insane”, something that exceeds the ordinary, something that fulfills something deep within us.  Mary seems to have found this certain something.
Mary took a liter of costly perfumed oil.

In all of this she does not care what others say or think.  She is doing something that others see as unreasonable.  But she has found something that is making her life very rich. And that is unstoppable.  So what is it that is making her life so rich and special?  It is her love for Jesus.  This love for Jesus is costing her a lot of money.  What else could she have spent it on?  Why not spend it on something that fulfills her?  She shows us with this that we can be as reasonable as we want to; if we do not have love, then we are missing something.  And we can spend a little for the sake of love.

Mary took a liter of costly perfumed oil.

We too have an extravagant love for Jesus.  When we take time for prayer, it could be said of us that we could have spent the time doing more meaningful things.  But if we did not take this time, then our lives would be boring and empty.  And only those who live a fulfilled life would take the time to help and do good deeds and help the poor and to do good for others. In this sense, it actually makes more sense to be “unreasonable” and extravagant.  because without love we are only half a person.  It is love that makes us human.  That is why today we should be “extravagant” with the time we spend in prayer and with our love for those around us!
Love to all reading this!  This one was just too good not to post (courtesy of DH and Fr. RB)


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