Commentary on the Gospel of

Paulson Veliyannoor, CMF - Claretian Publications Philippines

An Early Eucharist

Lazarus died and was raised. Jesus will die and be raised as well. But to go through that baptism unnerves even the Son of God, as we will learn shortly in Gethsemane.  Jesus needs to be with the one whom he raised, to find consolation, hope, and courage. We don’t find them talking. They don’t have to. The presence is enough; the hearts are communicating. How fitting that the entire scene unfolds at the dinner table, the last supper with the family, an early Eucharist! Mary is so filled with love that it overflows as perfume with which she washes and wipes his feet. Does it inspire Jesus to do the same with his other loved ones, his disciples, at the next last supper? Perhaps. That’s what love does—to wash up, to wipe up, to feed up, to eucharistize. Only hearts full of love can grasp its value; Judases cannot.


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