Monday of Holy Week. For the next few days, our first readings will be from Isaiah, the prophesies of the Servant of the Lord. We’ll talk about today’s reading in a moment. The Gospel reading today is from John 12. Jesus goes to the home of Mary, Martha and Lazarus. Mary anoints his feet with costly perfumed oil. Judas objects, saying “Why was this oil not sold for three hundred days’ wages and given to the poor?” Jesus rebukes Judas. “Leave her alone…You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me.”
Today’s prophesy from Isaiah 42 speaks of the mission of Christ. “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.”
There are prisons and dungeons all around us – of a spiritual nature. We are imprisoned by our own sin; we confine ourselves to the dungeons of resentment and anger and jealousy and envy. So often our sentences are self-imposed. There is a way out. His name is Jesus. He came to release us from these places of torment. But we must first give Him permission. Let Jesus release you today.
Father, we want to be set free from our dungeons, from our prisons. We ask your Son, Jesus, to open the doors and unbind us today. Amen.