Monday of Holy Week


Jn 12:1-11

Mary had anointed Jesus with the costly oil, and in doing so she has anointed him King. During the crowning of a King, the anointing with oil is a common practice. In other renditions she anoints Jesus feet with tears and dries them with her hair. It is Mary who listens to Jesus while Martha works in the kitchen. The point is how much Mary places in Jesus, she truly is in adoration of him. And places her hope in him. To this mind it tells of her need for salvation, and that salvation she places in Christ. After his burial she will be the first to go to the tomb.

Mary took a liter of costly perfumed oil
made from genuine aromatic nard
and anointed the feet of Jesus and dried them with her hair;
the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil.

At the cross she will never abandon him. Doesn’t that speak volumes about devotion? Does not Mary follow Christ in the manner He asked his Apostles when He said to them, “follow me.” Her devotion is a contrast to Peters; he denies Christ three times. Her devotion is greater than those who ask to sit at his right when he gains control of His Kingdom. They sought power and wealth. Her devotion is greater than Thomas’s. He doubts Christ, while Mary places her hope in Him. Judas’s faults are obvious simply because we know of the betrayal he will commit, and betrayal is perhaps the greatest fault. All Christians I think betray Christ at least a little throughout a lifetime. We are human and have our faults. Mary though gives a reminder of a perfect disciple, perhaps not perfect in her life; but perfection in her devotion. Note too that Mary never held a position of power in Christ’s ministry, yet her devotion to her Lord is proclaimed every Holy Week.

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