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Monday of Holy Week

Today’ Mass Readings

Monday of Holy Week 2017

John 12:1-11.


Mary’s action of anointing Jesus’ feet with oil as a sign of her love challenges us to pour ourselves out in humble service to others, allowing our lives to be a healing balm that helps to bring hope and healing to others.


Mary’s anointing Jesus’ feet with an expensive oil compliments Jesus when he washed his disciple’s feet.

Can you imagine Martha cooking up a storm
and the whole house and area
is filled with such an aroma?

And her sister Mary comes with this expensive perfume,
the price of a year’s wage,
and everyone is taken back
by its beautiful fragrance.

Let’s not get carried away, as did Judas,
by the expense of the oil.

The extravagance of the occasion
was an expression of Mary’s grateful heart
for receiving so much mercy from Jesus.

She was so free of herself
that her love for Jesus moved her to perform
a task that only servants would do for their masters –
a humiliating job of washing someone’s feet.

Think of Jesus at the Last Supper.

Mary’s gesture so touched him
that he wanted his disciples to have this same freedom.

He takes a towel and kneels in front of them
on Holy Thursday night
and commands them to wash each other’s feet
to show their love for him.

This command of the Lord
gives us the confidence and courage
to do things for others even when we don’t feel qualified
or even when we don’t want to do them.

Moms and Dads do this all the time. Why?

Because they love their children.


Our love for Jesus changes us.

The type of service we provide for others isn’t important.

The person is all that matters.

What an example Mother Theresa of Calcutta gives us
when she picks up a dying person off the  street
and hold them in her arms.


Jesus knows our human nature
and how we so easily make excuses
not to serve him in others.

As Blessed Rosmini teaches,
we have to be indifferent to all works of charity,
even the ones we don’t like doing.

When we are indifferent, watch out what happens;
Jesus is free to do whatever he wishes for the person or people.

We don’t have to spend a year’s wage
to show our love for Jesus.

We just have to recognize each other’s needs,
and address them to the very best of our ability.



Rick Pilger

Father Pilger, I.C. was born in Canton, Illinois and was ordained at St. John’s Seminary, Wonersh, England in December 1978. He joined the Blessed Sacrament Parish in August 1995, coming here from Sacred Heart Parish in Bradenton Florida. After 22 years as Parochial Vicar, he was appointed Pastor by Bishop Gregory Parkes in June 20, 2017.

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