Meditation is an ideal way to pray. Using God's word (Lectio Divina) allows me to hear, listen and reflect on what the Lord wants to say to me - to one of his disciples - just like He did two thousand years ago.
The best time to reflect is at the beginning of the day and for at least 15 to 30 minutes.
Prior to going to sleep, read the Mass readings for the next day and then, in the morning, reflect on the Meditation offered on this website.
I hope these daily meditations allow you to know, love and imitate the Lord in a more meaningful way.
God bless you!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Jn 12:1-11 Six Days Before Easter

Jn 12:1-11 Six Days Before Easter

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Six days before Passover Jesus came to Bethany. Martha served a dinner… while Mary took a liter of costly perfumed oil and anointed the feet of Jesus and dried them with her hair.

Both Martha and Mary served the Lord. They served the best they could. Martha prepared a meal for Christ’s body while Mary prepared Christ’s body for burial. Both women were committed to the Lord. Both served the Lord well.

“The Lord is my light and my salvation” (Ps. 27:1a). Christ saves like no one else because Christ loves like no one else. He saves me from those around me. He even saves me from myself! I am not my own savior. I am not Him. (cf. Jn 1:19). I am not even worthy to untie His sandal or have Him enter under my roof. I am not worthy to look him straight in the eyes. This is not some pious nonsense. I am making perfect sense. I am simply stating the truth and the obvious. He is God and I am not. It is the Lord that makes no sense! After all, He is the one that comes looking for me. He looks me straight in the eyes. Christ is the one that unties my sandal and washes my feet. He is the one that enters under my filthy roof and heals me. Why? The Lord is my savior. No one else loves like Him.

The Lord is my light. He enlightens my heart and my mind like no one else because he believes in me like no one else. Yes, the Lord believes in me more than I believe in Him! If I doubt in the Lord it is because I doubt in myself. Doubt does not come from the meek or from the humble of heart. Doubt comes from the boastful and from the arrogant of heart.

Mary and Martha were neither arrogant nor boastful; they were simply intelligent and humble. They were intelligent because they knew who to serve in their life: God. They were humble because they knew who they were: handmaids of the Lord. And they knew who they could never be. But the Lord knew them well, and He knew them better than they knew themselves. And so they became more than they ever dreamed they could be. They became the Lord’s best friends. Yes, God can have best friends, just like a dog can be so important in a man’s life. These two became the “God-man’s” best friends.

The Lord is my light. He enlightens my sins and my shame like no one else because he shines high above me like no one else. My instinct is to fight or flight. When I hide in my closet, away from the light, I wish the Lord away; more than I wish myself away. I wish to be left alone, to be seen no more. But the “Lord alone is compassionate with our faults.” The Lord alone walks straight into my room; never doubting, never failing, and somewhat never invited! I fear in what He can revile and who He can reveal. The Lord’s presence makes all things go bright. His very presence sheds light upon my sins. Can He be persuaded to leave me alone? Depart from me Lord, for I am a sinful man! Will He just step in? Could He be satisfied with being in close proximity? Close but not too close? No. I know the Lord. He will walk straight in and turn to the right. He will open the door that hides my skin. He will brighten the darkness that bathes my sins. He will release my, like a prisoner, and take my place. He will throw me out and close himself in. He will shut the door as a tomb is shut tight. Never boastful, never arrogant but confident and courageous, He will take my grave sins and bury them in His grave. Those who live in darkness have seen a great light!

The Lord is my light and my salvation. Like Mary, I place my faith and my love in the Lord, regardless of the cost; regardless of the shame; regardless of any pain. How could it be any different for me? It is Christ’s love that saved me and condemned Him! Faith and love saves as well as condemns.

Look graciously, O Lord, upon the sacred mysteries we celebrate here, and may what you have mercifully provided to cancel the judgment we incurred bear for us fruit in eternal life. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.


  1. The Lord is my light and my salvation. Like Mary, I place my faith and my love in the Lord, regardless of the cost; regardless of the shame; regardless of any pain. How could it be any different for me? It is Christ’s love that saved me and condemned Him! Faith and love saves as well as condemns.

    Great words! God knew that I really needed to hear this today. As I struggle to Love more of God and less of me, I stumble and fall more...shame & pain are constant in my life...But when I reflect and understand (only through the grace of God) that it IS His Love that saves as well as condemns, how can I not fall to my knees in gratefulness for whatever is happening in my life? He is in every present moment of my life - only when I am there with Him.

    You have a great gift Father. Thank you for your faithfulness.


  2. Yet another awesome meditation!

  3. Father, you truly do have a great gift with words! So beautiful! I'm nearly speechless with the eloquence & power of this meditation. I read this yesterday and then again this morning. The message speaks down to my bare bones. How many times have I doubted God's love for me. How many times I've been so ashamed, feeling like such a wretch, that I wanted to run away from God. Our Lord as that bright, oftentimes blinding light says to me: "Dear Jennifer, you are my daughter. I love you because I created you in my image. I'm there for you always as you bear your crosses. I forgive you for your faults and failings. I will never stray from you. Just remain faithful to me and follow my shining light! I will lead you out of darkness. I will walk right beside you on the narrow path to holiness and guide you along. Do not be afraid." I see Mary and Martha as wonderful role-models of women who served the Lord with great love and humility. I want to follow their example. I just need an open heart, a less prideful heart, a selfless heart, a heart pouring out infinite love for God and for others.



  4. I love this image. I have it over my fireplace with the words
    "There's no place I'd rather be" on it.
    And there is no place I'd rather be....maybe one day.


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