Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Holy Thursday, March 28, 2013

Reflection:  “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.”  Throughout our lives Christ washes our feet and serves us.  Though He was the greatest among us, He came as an infant to serve us and to die for us, and even in heaven He continues to serve us.  In this example of becoming small and becoming a servant, Jesus shows us who we are to be and how we are to serve.  No one of us is too busy or too great to serve another.  We are all called to this act of service in very unique and different ways, but we are all called to service none the less.  On this Holy Thursday, let us reflect on how God has blessed us so that we may share those gifts and blessings with others by becoming a servant for Christ.

Reflection for younger saints:  Today we read the Gospel reading that talks about Jesus washing the feet of the disciples.  Even though Jesus is God, and is greatest among all men, He still came to serve and to care for others.  Jesus asks us to do this as well by being kind and loving to others and caring for others whenever we can.

Big Picture:  We are called to serve and to love as Christ did.

Discussion Starters:
     Younger saints:
  What special name does today have?  What did Jesus do today for the disciples?  What does Jesus ask us to do?  If you go to Mass this evening, pay close attention to what the priest does after his homily. 
     Older saints:  Take a few minutes to reflect on and envision the image of Jesus washing the feet of His disciples in today’s Gospel reading.  Imagine being one of those disciples who looks up to Jesus as your teacher and master.  How would you have reacted to Jesus’ wanting to get down on His hands and knees before you and wash your feet?  Would you have reacted like Peter?  How has God blessed you with gifts and talents and called you to share those blessings with others?  Have you obeyed God’s call?

Fun Fact:  The word “catechumen” refers to a person who is preparing for baptism.  Will anyone be Baptized at the Easter Vigil in your parish this year?

Saint of the day: 
 Saint Hesychius of Jerusalem
     What they are remembered for:  St. Hesychius was a priest and a monk who wrote about many of the issues that were facing the Church during his time.  Much of his writing have been lost, and much of his life story is unknown.  He offers us a profound reminder of the beauty of the Eucharist:  "Keep yourselves free from sin so that every day you may share in the mystic meal; by doing so our bodies become the body of Christ."
     Feast day:  March 28
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