Seeing from God’s perspective
Jesus’ response inspires us to see things in a right perspective. Mary was welcoming Jesus in her house with the Jewish hospitality but Jesus interprets her action as the preparation for his passion and death.
By Fr. Robert D’Souza
It was the eve before the Vatican Council II. Pope John XXIII was tossing on his bed, wondering what will happen during this historical event.
He almost heard a voice speaking to him, “Roncalli, (that was the name of Pope John XXIII as the Patriarch of Venice) who is running the Church, you or I?”
“Then I had a sound sleep,” says the Pope. We need to see things from God’s perspective. Mary, the sister of Lazarus and Martha inaugurates the passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ with the anointing of his feet with costly perfume and wiping it with her hair.
We notice three things here: the action of Mary, the reaction of Judas and the response of Jesus. The action of Mary prompts us to be ready to give the best to the Lord. Judas’ reaction invites us to reflect on our genuine attitude towards the poor.
Jesus’ response inspires us to see things in a right perspective. Mary was welcoming Jesus in her house with the Jewish hospitality but Jesus interprets her action as the preparation for his passion and death. Do I see the things with the right perspective, from the perspective of God?
(A prolific writer Fr. Dr. Robert Baptist D’souza has been a perspicacious translator for years including the translation of the voluminous Catechism of the Catholic Church. He translated the 16 sticker books of the Living in Faith to Marathi and is busy translating the Bible into the same language. He belongs to the diocese of Vasai and is the director of the pastoral centre.)
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