United States Conference of Secular institutes


Monday of Holy Week

John 12: 1-11

Henri Nouwen has a saying in one of his books that captures the tension between the need to give and receive: “If I can only give and not receive, the only honest thing to do is question why I give.” Jesus was always giving, always reaching out to minister to the needs of others. He fed the hungry; he gave sight to the blind, voice to the mute, legs to the crippled, health to the lepers. He was, after all, the Messiah. He was supposed to give, and he was good at it. He gave us wonderful examples of how we are to reach out and minister to the needs of others.