Young Adults of St Francis

April 14, 2014

Posted on: April 13, 2014

NO TURNING BACK

 
“Mary brought a pound of costly perfume made from genuine aromatic nard, with which she anointed Jesus’ feet. Then she dried His feet with her hair, and the house was filled with the ointment’s fragrance.” —John 12:3
 
Mary was familiar with Judas from other times that Jesus and His disciples had visited their house (see Lk 10:38-42; Jn 11:1ff). Her jar of perfumed oil was expensive, and she probably wasn’t surprised that Judas knew its cost, roughly a year’s salary (see Jn 12:5). So this time, when Mary was moved to give lavishly to Jesus, she broke the jar that contained the perfume (see Mk 14:3). Once she broke that jar, there was no turning back, no skimping. The breaking of the jar meant that the perfume could not be preserved; she intentionally decided to give it all to Jesus.

Perhaps Mary believed Judas was either stealing or misusing the money deposited in the “contributions.” After all, Mary would have known the apostles well. Undoubtedly Mary wanted to give the perfume entirely to Jesus, not indirectly to Judas by selling it and donating the money. By breaking the jar, Mary could ensure that it did go to Jesus. Once the jar was broken, no one could reverse or overrule her decision to give it all to Jesus.

Be like Mary. Give your all to Jesus. Put yourself in a situation where there is no turning back from giving all to Jesus.

 
Prayer: Father, You know how I am tempted to hold back when it comes to You. From now on, may I be willing to break any jars necessary and follow You without turning back.
Promise: “The Lord…gives breath to its people and spirit to those who walk on [the earth].” —Is 42:5
Praise: Warren met Jesus inside his jail cell. Though still in prison, Jesus has set Warren free (Jn 8:36).
 
Rescript: In accord with the Code of Canon Law, I hereby grant my permission to publish One Bread, One Body covering the period from April 1, 2014 through May 31, 2014.
†Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, October 30, 2013.

The rescript is a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free of doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted ecclesial permission agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.

NO HAY VUELTA ATRÁS

 
“María, tomando una libra de perfume de nardo puro, de mucho precio, ungió con él los pies de Jesús y los secó con sus cabellos. La casa se impregnó con la fragancia del perfume” (Juan 12:3).
 
María y Judas se conocían de tiempos atrás; Jesús y sus discípulos habían visitado su casa (ver Lc 10:38-42; Jn 11:1). María tenía un frasco de aceite perfumado muy caro, y Judas sabía que el precio era aproximadamente el salario de un año (ver Jn 12:5). Ella quiso mostrar su entrega a Jesús rompiendo el frasco a los pies del maestro (ver Mc 14:3). Una vez roto el frasco, no había vuelta atrás; no podía ser preservado. Ella intencionalmente decidió darle todo a Jesús.

Puede que María intuyera que Judas tendría “otros usos” si el perfume era donado a la bolsa común. Después de todo, María debía de conocer bien a los apóstoles. Lo que queda claro es que María quería darle todo el perfume a Jesús. Al romper el frasco, María se aseguraba de que iba a ser para uso exclusivo de Jesús.

Esta lectura nos invita a ser como María y darle todo a Jesús. Ponte en una situación donde no hay vuelta atrás después de dárselo todo a Jesús.

 
Oración: Padre, Tú sabes cómo me siento tentado de contenerme cuando se trata de darme a ti. Quiero tener la disponibilidad para romper cualquiera de los frascos necesarios y seguirte sin mirar atrás.
Promesa: “El Señor… da el aliento a tu pueblo que la habita [la tierra] y el espíritu a los que caminan por ella” (Is 42:5).
Alabanza: Warren conoció a Jesús en la cárcel. Aun cuando todavía permanece en prisión, Jesús le ha dado su libertad (Jn 8:36).
 
Rescripto: Según el Código de Derecho Canónico, se otorga el Imprimátur (permiso de publicar) a Un Pan, Un Cuerpo por el periodo desde 1 de abril de 2014 hasta 31 de mayo de 2014 incluso.
†Reverendísimo Joseph R. Binzer, Obispo auxiliar y Vicario general de la Arquidiócesis de Cincinnati, 18 de diciembre de 2013.

El Imprimátur (permiso de publicar) es una declaración que un libro o folleto se considera libre de error doctrinal o moral. No implica acuerdo con contenido, opiniones o afirmaciones expresadas en el mismo.

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