A Catholic Monthly Magazine

Monday April 18

Isaiah 42:1-7, Ps 27, John 12:1-11

May my motives always be for good

This gospel is full of motives:

Love and friendship motivated Jesus to return to Bethany.
Mary anointed the feet of Jesus, motivated by love.
Greed motivated Judas’ enquiry about the cost.
The crowds came out of curiosity.
The chief priests’ decision to kill Lazarus was motivated by jealousy and fear.

Sometimes, I know what motivates me. Sometimes, I act impulsively.
Sometimes, I act out of habit, without conscious thought. But Jesus’ motivation is always clear: Love of God, love of others. May Jesus’ motivation become my motivation.

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