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Liturgical day: Monday of Holy Week

Gospel text (Jn 12,1-11): Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany where he had raised Lazarus, the dead man, to life. Now they gave a dinner for him (...). Then Mary took a pound of costly perfume made from genuine nard and anointed the feet of Jesus... Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany where he had raised Lazarus, the dead man, to life. Now they gave a dinner for him, and while Martha waited on them, Lazarus sat at the table with Jesus.

Then Mary took a pound of costly perfume made from genuine nard and anointed the feet of Jesus, wiping them with her hair. And the whole house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. Judas, son of Simon Iscariot —the disciple who was to betray Jesus— remarked, «This perfume could have been sold for three hundred silver coins and turned over to the poor». Judas, indeed, had no concern for the poor; he was a thief and as he held the common purse, he used to help himself to the funds. But Jesus spoke up, «Leave her alone. Was she not keeping it for the day of my burial? The poor you always have with you, but you will not always have me».

Many Jews heard that Jesus was there and they came, not only because of Jesus, but also to see Lazarus whom he had raised from the dead. So the chief priests thought about killing Lazarus as well, for many of the Jews were drifting away because of him and believing in Jesus.

Illustration: Pili Piñero

Today the Gospel begins the Easter countdown. Mary, Lazarus’ sister, pours a very expensive perfume - hundreds of dollars - on Jesus. Some criticize her, but Jesus defends her by saying that she is anticipating His grave. Jesus knows what He is doing and where He is going!

—And what perfume have I prepared to match up His Passion?