Monday, April 14, 2014

What is desired most is our loving presence

In our gospel today we have revealed before us the gentle, personal devotion of Mary.  So beautiful were her actions that in Matthew's account of this incident Jesus said, "Wherever this gospel is preached, all over the world, what she has done will be told in memory of her."       

This is an extraordinary statement - not another like it in the gospels.  There is something about the lavishness of her love that we are called to reflect upon and imitate.  Her action is one that we are to perform, too.
      
Jesus, we are told, saw her action as a preparation for his own burial - but it was an explanation that seemed geared more to softening the hard hearts of those who failed to see the beauty of what she was doing.  Mary, however, saw it as a supreme moment of loving devotion towards Jesus. 

Such should be our attitude this week.   Our entire attention should be directed towards Jesus himself; for we know even more clearly than Mary what Jesus has done for us.  We know what he has taken upon himself on our behalf.  And such a moment doesn't call for words.  What is desired most is our loving presence - a look of love that speaks of what is in our heart for him.  That's all.  That's all.