Give you heart Away

Friends in Christ,
here at the beginning of Holy Week, we read in the Gospel of the events leading up to the Passover. Because of Passover and the great crowds going to the Feast,  it would have been difficult to find a place to stay in Jerusalem.  Lodging would be very hard to find.  
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Jesus therefore goes to Bethany, just outside the boundaries of Jerusalem; he goes to his friends’ home, the home of Martha, Mary, and Lazarus.  It was there, that we see this scene played out, in which Mary anoints Jesus’ feet and wipes them with her long hair.  There is a tradition that believes this Mary to be Mary Magdalene, who once again anoints Jesus’ feet as she had when she was forgiven by the Lord. But this time, she does it to prepare him for his death.  
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At the time of Christ, no respectable woman would ever appear in public with her hair down. On the day a girl was married, her hair was bound up,  and she would never show it loose and flowing in public again.  Yet we see Mary, anointing Jesus’ feet and wiping them with her hair –  her love is so strong, that she doesn’t even think of what might be said of it, at all.  She is carried away by love. This is how people are when they are lost in love.  
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It was Jesus, whose mercy forgave her, and gave her a new life; in the same way, the hearts of Christians should also be this way.   
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The Venerable John Leonard one day saw Jesus appear to him as a hunter, passing through the woods with an arrow in his hand. ‘Lord, what are you doing?’, he asked.  Jesus answered, ‘I am hunting after hearts.’  
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St. Alphonsus says, ‘If Jesus gains our heart, we shall gain Jesus. And the advantage is all on our side.’  
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Origen says, if it be that Jesus Christ has given himself to each one,  what great thing will a man do if he give himself wholly to Jesus Christ?
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Our Lord shows us his love in this Holy Week, pouring out every drop of his blood for you and for me.  He wishes more than anything, to press us to his heart, but it is also necessary for us, like Mary Magdalene, to give our heart to Jesus.   

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