I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

Monday, April 14, 2014

My Reflection for April 14, Monday of Holy Week; John 12:1-11

Gospel: John 12:1-12
1 Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Laz'arus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. 2 There they made him a supper; Martha served, and Laz'arus was one of those at table with him. 3 Mary took a pound of costly ointment of pure nard and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet with her hair; and the house was filled  with the fragrance of the ointment. 4 But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (he who was to betray him), said, 5 "Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?" 6 This he said, not that he cared for the poor but because he was a thief, and as he had the money box he used to take what was put into it. 7 Jesus said, "Let her alone, let her keep it for the day of my burial. 8 The poor you always have with you, but you do not always have me." 9 When the great crowd of the Jews learned that he was  there, they came, not only on account of Jesus but also to see Laz'arus, whom he had raised from the dead. 10 So the chief priests planned to put Laz'arus also to death, 11 because on account of him many of the Jews were going away and believing in Jesus. 12 The next day a great crowd who had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem.
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Do you allow hatred, greed and envy to sometimes rule over you? What normally is the product when you allow these evils to take control of you?

The Pharisees allowed these evil intentions to rule over them that’s why they plotted to kill Jesus. They saw in Jesus someone who could overthrow them from their seat of power, so they must kill Him whatever it takes. This they did successfully but what was the bargain for their successful plot against Jesus? They allowed the devil to take control of them that’s why they were able to do what was unthinkable.

Hatred, greed and envy are methods of the devil to slowly trap someone to do the unthinkable. Take for example some corrupt politicians who would do everything to perpetuate themselves in power. Take for example some spouses who allowed hatred, greed and envy to rule over their love for their spouse.

We all know where these evil emotions brought the Pharisees. It brought them to the climax of their evil desire against Jesus. And they thought that they were finally able to rid Jesus out of their system. But they were all wrong, by His resurrection Jesus was able to defeat their evil intentions. By His resurrection Jesus was able to impress upon their minds that their hatred, greed and envy had brought them nothing except further misery.  

The same is true with us all, if we allow the Devil to sow hatred, greed and envy in our hearts.

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