Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
John 12:1-11 & John 13:21-38
Mary Magdalene and Judas Iscariot are two pivotal players in the Passion of the Christ. Each is diametrically opposed to the other; each presents a possible path for me through my own ‘way of the cross’. Mary Magdalene simply focused on Jesus and poured out her love for her friend, neither counting the cost nor demanding anything in return. Judas on the other hand focused on a wide variety of issues – money, political plays, and the staging of Jesus’ final event –and calculated the costs, taking as much gain for himself as possible. Mary Magdalene gained everything, and even had the fortitude to stay with Jesus at the foot of the cross. Judas lost everything, even his soul. Through the remainder of Holy Week, will I, like Judas, focus on the ideals and issues of life or will I, like Mary Magdalene, concentrate on Jesus and pour out all that I am and all that I have for him? Christ Jesus, help me to simply love you.
You who seek God, let your hearts revive! (Psalm 69: )
If you look at the world, you’ll be distressed. If you look within, you’ll be depressed. But if you look at Christ, you’ll be at rest .
Corrie Ten Boom
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Beverly Illauq lives in Kemptville, Ontario, where she greets each morning by seeking the Gospel Mystery of the Day - the Word of the Lord for direct and practical application to the specific challenges & joys of the day.