It is 26th March 2018. The readings are from Isaiah 42:1-7; and the Gospel from John 12:1-11. Love never dies. The acts of love are the energies of a loving heart. The expressions of love could be criticised by many people yet it is always immersed in proving the authentic love towards the one in love. Person in love always demonstrates the deep sentiments of love even when abused to the core, brutally and violently silenced and the person never waivers till the end. Anyone who is in love grabs the opportunity to show the act of love repeatedly even amidst criticism, ridicule and reaction around. In the first reading the prophet Isaiah presents a person in whom God is in love for the act of love that He shows to the others. The passage is the first oracle of the Servant of the Lord. “I am the Lord, I have called you in righteousness, I have taken you by the hand and kept you; I have given you as a covenant to the people, a light to the nations, to open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, from the prison those who sit in darkness.” (Is.42:6-7). Life is one-time opportunity to love and to register the acts of love to all who we meet. As we are in the Holy Week, let us go out to do the acts of love and make them feel that God has not forgotten them. The responsorial Psalm praises, “The Lord is my light and my salvation.” (Ps.27:1). In the Gospel, Mary, the sister of Lazarus performed the most inspiring act of love by anointing the feet of Jesus with very costly ointment. Even though Judas was so critical about the act yet she continued performing it and Jesus defended her act of love. Jesus said, “Leave her alone. She bought it so that she might keep it for the day of my burial.” (Jn. 12:7). There is a clear contrast between a woman who is a true disciple of Jesus and Judas as the false disciple and the betrayer. All those who speak for the poor are not the ones always love the poor. Love of money bruises the acts of love. The act of love Jesus performed by raising Lazarus from the dead costed his life. What is the act of love you would like to perform in your life today as we are on the first day of the Holy Week? May the Lord inspire you to the most needful acts of love. May God bless you.

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