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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Monday, April 10, 2017

Reflection for April 13, 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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Are you willing to wash the feet of a poor man?

Today Holy Thursday the universal church remembers the institution of the Eucharist (the first Mass) Mark 14:22-26, Luke 22:15-20, Matthew 26:26-28. The breaking of the bread (Jesus’ body) the sharing of the cup (Jesus’ blood) foreshadows Jesus sacrificial death on the cross.

During the afternoon Mass on Holy Thursday the ceremony of washing of the feet of the disciples is done in all of Catholic parish churches worldwide. After giving his homily the Priest prepares himself to wash the feet of twelve individuals who act as the apostles. After which the twelve apostles would randomly choose parishioners and instantaneously wash their feet as well.

This tradition of washing of the disciples’ feet is in keeping with what Jesus did in the gospel. He washed their feet to show them that even if he is their Lord, Master and Teacher he is also their humble servant leader destined to give his life for the salvation of humanity.

At the end of the gospel Jesus told them to do also his example: “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.” John 13:14-15.

This is also Jesus’ marching order for you this Holy Thursday. You ought to be His humble servant. Thus, you must be ready to humbly serve whomever you are. – Marino J. Dasmarinas 

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