Monday of Holy Week brings us John's version of the anointing of the Jesus' feet by Mary, the sister of Martha and Lazarus. Today's Gospel shows us another example of faith and humility by the sisters. Martha serves dinner for Jesus and her brother and Mary took a liter of "costly perfumed oil" and anointed His feet. Not only that, but she then dried them with her hair.
Can you imagine drying someone's dirty, dusty feet with your hair? Kneeling down in front of many men and cleaning someone's feet while they whisper judgmental statements about you and how you should have used the money in a different way. Mary's love for the Lord overpowered any whispers, it blocked out any shame, and allowed her serve Him as she was called.
Lent, Catholicism, our faith; it becomes more and more tricky as we grow up and answer the calls God puts forth for us. And we are surrounded by people who whisper and judge. "Wouldn't your time be better spent here or there?" "Why can't you come and do this or that?" "But the Bible says this!"
We have three days left in our journey. Take it to reflect on the people in your lives. How many whispered as you stuck to your Lenten promises, questioning why you did what you did? Stepping away from law school and spending more time with my particular people has helped me remember how important the people we surround ourselves with are. Even Jesus had people around Him who would turn out to be a betrayer.
Pray for the humility to love Jesus as Mary did, regardless of what goes on around you, focusing on Him. Abstain from those who whisper and judge and betray you. You have spent weeks, days, hours pursuing a closer relationship with God. You know who brings you closer to God and who does not. And finally, give forgiveness as Mary did when they whispered about her and as Jesus did as He made His way up the hill and to His death. Mindfully consider those you surround yourself; did they help you on your journey over the last 37 days?
Pray for humility, abstain from those who pull you away from God, and give forgiveness to those who betray you.