Maundy Thursday Reflection
The washing of the feet and the sacrament of the Eucharist: two expressions of one and the same mystery of love entrusted to the disciples, so that, Jesus says, "as I have done... so also must you do" (Jn 13: 15).”
John Paul II, Holy Thursday 2003
As we begin journeying with Christ to Calvary, we are invited to reflect on how his love transforms us and our world.
On this day, Jesus washes the feet of his disciples, to show us a model of humble service. He also offers himself, body and blood, through the Eucharist. As bread broken and shared, he now becomes part of us and changes us into 'living tabernacles.' He institutes this sacrament to unite himself with us, making him ever present in our lives.
Through these actions, we are called to emulate Christ's model of love and service, so perfect and so pure. It is difficult to do, especially in these times we are living where it is easier to breed hatred and contempt and when it is more convenient to ignore human suffering. But as followers of Christ, we must continue seeking his grace and presence to be able to overcome these challenges.
As we reflect on Jesus' actions and our challenges today, let us ask ourselves:
What hinders us from following Christ's example? How can we overcome this?
Whose 'feet' are we called to 'wash' at present?
How can we prepare ourselves to receive Christ and share his love with others?
Meditations by St. John Baptist de La Salle
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