HEY, WAITER!

Monday of Holy WeekLectionary: 257

Reading 1 IS 42:1-7
Here is my servant whom I uphold,

my chosen one with whom I am pleased,

Upon whom I have put my Spirit;

he shall bring forth justice to the nations,

Not crying out, not shouting,

not making his voice heard in the street.

A bruised reed he shall not break,

and a smoldering wick he shall not quench,

Until he establishes justice on the earth;

the coastlands will wait for his teaching.
Thus says God, the LORD,

who created the heavens and stretched them out,

who spreads out the earth with its crops,

Who gives breath to its people

and spirit to those who walk on it:

I, the LORD, have called you for the victory of justice,

I have grasped you by the hand;

I formed you, and set you

as a covenant of the people,

a light for the nations,

To open the eyes of the blind,

to bring out prisoners from confinement,

and from the dungeon, those who live in darkness.

Responsorial Psalm PS 27:1, 2, 3, 13-14
R. (1a) The Lord is my light and my salvation.

The LORD is my light and my salvation;

whom should I fear?

The LORD is my life’s refuge;

of whom should I be afraid?

R. The Lord is my light and my salvation.

When evildoers come at me

to devour my flesh,

My foes and my enemies

themselves stumble and fall.

R. The Lord is my light and my salvation.

Though an army encamp against me,

my heart will not fear;

Though war be waged upon me,

even then will I trust. 

R. The Lord is my light and my salvation.

I believe that I shall see the bounty of the LORD

in the land of the living.

Wait for the LORD with courage;

be stouthearted, and wait for the LORD.

R. The Lord is my light and my salvation.

Verse Before The Gospel
Hail to you, our King;

you alone are compassionate with our faults.

Gospel JN 12:1-11
Six days before Passover Jesus came to Bethany,

where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead.

They gave a dinner for him there, and Martha served,

while Lazarus was one of those reclining at table with him. 

Mary took a liter of costly perfumed oil

made from genuine aromatic nard

and anointed the feet of Jesus and dried them with her hair;

the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil. 

Then Judas the Iscariot, one of his disciples,

and the one who would betray him, said,

“Why was this oil not sold for three hundred days’ wages

and given to the poor?”

He said this not because he cared about the poor

but because he was a thief and held the money bag

and used to steal the contributions.

So Jesus said, “Leave her alone.

Let her keep this for the day of my burial.

You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me.”
The large crowd of the Jews found out that he was there and came,

not only because of him, but also to see Lazarus,

whom he had raised from the dead.

And the chief priests plotted to kill Lazarus too,

because many of the Jews were turning away

and believing in Jesus because of him.
REFLECTION: HEY, WAITER!

 “Wait for the Lord with courage; be stouthearted, and wait for the Lord.” —Psalm 27:14

 

We wait for what we cannot see; the return of the Master seems to take so long. We wait with courage, not in doubt. We wait not because there is no other alternative but because we faithfully choose to persevere in hope while waiting for the Master to appear (see Mt 25:1ff).
We call people who serve in a restaurant “waiters.” The waiter serves us. Thus, serving the Lord and His people is a big part of our waiting. We don’t wait passively, but in active service.
We wait in love. Jacob waited and served seven years for the hand of his beloved Rachel, but they seemed like a few days to him because of his love for her (Gn 29:17-20). An ardent love changes the waiting from a drudgery into a delightful anticipation of the coming of our Savior Jesus Christ. As the song says: “If it takes forever, I will wait for you.”
We wait in hope, joyful hope. Ours is a living hope (1 Pt 1:3), alive, vibrant, joyful. We want to wait with a living hope, and not to be “among the living dead” (1 Jn 3:14).
Our entire life is one of waiting for the Lord (Ps 27:14). Like the five wise virgins, we wait full of the oil of the Spirit (Mt 25:4). In summary, we wait for the Lord by waiting with service, courage, love, hope, and fullness. We wait by living an abundant life, a life to the full (Jn 10:10).
When we wait like this, in a sense, we already have what we are waiting for. Wait for the Lord by waiting on the Lord.
 

Prayer: Father, I will wait in joyful hope for the coming of My Savior, Jesus Christ.

Promise: “I, the Lord, have called you for the victory of justice.” —Is 42:6

Praise: Bob laid hands on Rachel at a healing service, and the Lord healed her of the infirmity which confined her to a wheelchair.

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