Monday in Holy Week
Epistle • Isaias 50:5-10
Lesson from the Book of Isaias.
[Isaias prophesies the obedience of Jesus and His Passion. He foretells His glorious triumph.]
In those days Isaias said: The Lord God hath opened My ear, and I do not resist: I have not gone back. I have given My body to the strikers, and My cheeks to them that plucked them; I have not turned away My face from them that rebuked Me and spit upon me. The Lord God is My helper, therefore am I not confounded: therefore have I set My face as a most hard rock, and I know that I shall not be confounded. He is near that justifieth Me.
Who will contend with Me? Let us stand together. Who is My adversary? Let him come near to Me. Behold the Lord God is My helper: Who is he that shall condemn Me? Lo, they shall all be destroyed as a garment, the moth shall eat them up. Who is there among you that feareth the Lord, that heareth the voice of His servant? That hath walked in darkness, and hath no light, let him hope in the Name of the Lord and lean upon his God.
Gospel • John 12:1-9
Continuation of the holy Gospel according to St. John.
[Generosity of Mary of Magdala at the supper of which Jesus partook in the house of Simon the leper. Mary poured an ointment of great price over the feet of Jesus. Avarice of Judas and his protests.]
Six days before the Pasch Jesus came to Bethania, where Lazarus had been dead, whom Jesus raised to life. And they made Him a supper there; and Martha served. But Lazarus was one of them that were at table with Him. Mary therefore took a pound of ointment of right spikenard, of great price, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair; and the house was filled with the odor of the ointment.
Then one of His disciples, Judas Iscariot, he that was about to betray Him, said: Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence and given to the poor? Now he said this, not because he cared for the poor, but because he was a thief and, having the purse, carried the things that were put therein. Jesus therefore said: Let her alone, that she may keep it against the day of My burial. For the poor you have always with you; but Me you have not always.
A great multitude therefore of the Jews knew that He was there; and they came, not for Jesus sake only, but that they might see Lazarus, whom He had raised from the dead.