Beautiful Holy Week. . . HOLY THURSDAY. . .
The Last Supper, by Rainer Maria Rilke "They are assembled, astounded, bewildered, Round Him who, like a sage centered at last withdraws from those to whom He once belonged & flows beyond them as some foreigner. The former solitude comes over Him which raised Him to perform His profound acts; Again He’ll wander in the olive grove, And those who love Him will now run from Him.
He summons them to the final meal & (as a shot shoos birds from sheaves) He shoos their hands from bread with His word; they mutter up to him; They lap about the table anxiously searching for some way out. But He, Like an evening hour, is everywhere.* Pope Benedict said, “When the Lord of the world comes and undertakes the slave’s task of foot-washing—which is an illustration of the way he washes
our feet all through our lives—we have a totally different picture. God doesn’t want to trample on us, but kneels down before us so as to exalt us. The mystery of the greatness of God is seen precisely
in the fact that he can be small...” The greatness of God is seen in His smallness. What does this mean? How can we see this greatness, live the Lord’s small greatness? We learn to look closely, wonder like children, become a humble servant, paying attention to the smallest; the forsaken and the lonely. We learn to love humbly and as we become smaller, our hearts become greater and we see Christ face to face as we wash feet too. The mystery is unfolding all around us when we see with the eyes of faith. There is no greater love, no more beautiful virtue, than learning to love as Christ loved, to become a humble servant to all.
What is our picture of Christ? In what small
and humble things do we see the mystery of the greatness of God? **Atwan, Robert, George Dardess, Peggy Rosenthal, Editors.
Divine Inspiration: The Life of Jesus in World Poetry. (Oxford University Press, 1998). p.374. #lovebeingcatholic #HolyThursday #holyweek #lent #catholicprayer #HolyWeek2015 #catholiclife #AshTag #catholicdot #JubileeofMercy #ImagineSisters #romancatholic #DSMME #ewtn #catholicselfie #vatican #instacatholic #magnificat #catholicbeauty #Lent2015 #YCL15