I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Reflection for March 24, Holy Thursday, Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper; John 13:1-15

Gospel: John 13:1-15
Before the feast of Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to pass from this world to the Father. He loved his own in the world and he loved them to the end. The devil had already induced Judas, son of Simon the Iscariot, to hand him over. So, during supper, fully aware that the Father had put everything into his power and that he had come from God and was returning to God, he rose from supper and took off his outer garments. He took a towel and tied it around his waist. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and dry them with the towel around his waist. He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Master, are you going to wash my feet?” Jesus answered and said to him, “What I am doing, you do not understand now, but you will understand later.” Peter said to him, “You will never wash my feet.” Jesus answered him, “Unless I wash you, you will have no inheritance with me.” Simon Peter said to him, “Master, then not only my feet, but my hands and head as well.” Jesus said to him, “Whoever has bathed has no need except to have his feet washed, for he is clean all over; so you are clean, but not all.” For he knew who would betray him; for this reason, he said, “Not all of you are clean.”

So when he had washed their feet and put his garments back on and reclined at table again, he said to them, “Do you realize what I have done for you? You call me ‘teacher’ and ‘master,’ and rightly so, for indeed I am. If I, therefore, the master and teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash one another’s feet. I have given you a model to follow, so that as I have done for you, you should also do.”
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Would you be willing to emulate the humility of Jesus?

Aside from being the son of God, What is the secret of the endless longevity of Jesus’ teachings? Countless people have already belittled Jesus as an ordinary human. Yet His legacy and teachings still echoes until this very moment and will continue to echo until eternity. What is the secret of the permanence of Jesus’ teachings?

The secret is in His Self-sacrifice, the secret is in His humility. Jesus never thought of His own safety, He never created any comfort zones or anything that would ensure His safety.  He instead blazed the trail of Self-sacrifice and Humility.

In His self-sacrifice Jesus instituted this very day the Eucharist or the first Mass to humbly keep alive Himself and His teachings. He did this for us to have something to hold-on as we face the many battles and struggles of our lives. Thus, He continuously strengthens us every time we make ourselves present in the sacrifice of the Holy Mass. And He nourishes us every time we partake of His Body and Blood during Holy Communion.        

By His humility Jesus’ embodied servant leadership. He showed the twelve apostles and us also how it is to truly serve. He washed the feet of the apostles to signify to them that they must do the same to those whom they will be serving. That they will only become true leaders the moment they learn to give their lives in humble service for others.

Therefore we ask ourselves: Are we willing to follow the trail of Jesus’ Self-sacrifice and Humility? – Marino J. Dasmarinas    

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