Updated: Apr 9, 2020
Mission in the Cloud. Today’s our first full day of the mission in the cloud, and we’re starting it off with prayer. In particular, the assignment is to remember today one soul you witnessed Christ touch when with you on a mission in SoHo. If you’ve never been on one, you can choose a soul touched in this way that you witnessed in another context, or one that stood out in The Missionary. And if you can remember more than one, all the better. But remember, “one times eternity equals eternity.” Here’s some more detail from one of our veteran missionaries, a consecrated woman of Regnum Christi. Siobhan exudes the Lord, is always smiling, always focused, always loving.
Holy Monday Missionary reflection
By Siobhan O’Connor, CRC
Hi fellow missionaries! This is Siobhan. Wishing we could all be together again. God willing, we will be on the streets next year! For now, however, we are all united in this Holy Week and the most extraordinary Lent we have probably ever lived. Let’s begin this reflection praying for all those we have met in the past on Holy Week Missions, and all those who are suffering or have died from the coronavirus right now.
Invite the Lord into your heart, and put yourself in his holy presence right where you are. See him looking at you with a kind, gentle and compassionate gaze. He is with you.
1. As you start this reflection, I invite you to watch the following video:
What did you think about this? Was there a part that helped you connect with Jesus?
2. Now, consider the Gospel for today’s liturgy: the anointing of Jesus’ feet by Mary of Bethany, one of his close friends in the Gospel of John.
As you read this, place yourself in the scene with your imagination and picture you are Mary, or Martha or Lazarus, one of the apostles or even Jesus himself. How do you feel as this scene plays out? Why do you think Jesus was so moved by Mary’s gesture of heartfelt worship? Is there anything you want to say to Jesus?
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.”
3. What does this passage say to you today, as a follower of Christ and a missionary at home? In what way could you serve the Lord in another person today, and show your faith in God by your actions? Speak to Jesus about this in a personal way, and ask him to show you what he would have you do, listen, and then do it as soon as you can!
4. To finish your prayer, say the Glory Be prayer slowly, thinking of what you are saying. I pray that you finish your time of prayer with peace. God bless you!