April 13: Holy Thursday
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So here we are. We’re ready to enter into the Triduum.
The vast emotions that the disciples go through is astounding. Thursday night you’ve got Jesus washing their feet. You’ve got this God-man, who they believe to be the Messiah, washing their feet. What did the disciples feel? And what were they thinking?
I think it’s a great area for us to reflect upon in our lives.
What would it feel like to have Jesus wash your feet?
Matthew Kelly, Resisting Happiness
God wants good things for us, but, like Peter, we often resist him.
As you read today’s Gospel, reflect on your life and ask two questions. First, how is God trying to love me? Second, how have I resisted God’s love in my life?
Holy Thursday’s Gospel Reading: John 13:1–15
Now before the festival of the Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart from this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. The devil had already put it into the heart of Judas son of Simon Iscariot to betray him. And during supper Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going to God, got up from the table, took off his outer robe, and tied a towel around himself. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was tied around him. He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” Jesus answered, “You do not know now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” Peter said to him, “You will never wash my feet.” Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no share with me.” Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!” Jesus said to him, “One who has bathed does not need to wash, except for the feet, but is entirely clean. And you are clean, though not all of you.” For he knew who was to betray him; for this reason he said, “Not all of you are clean.”
After he had washed their feet, had put on his robe, and had returned to the table, he said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord—and you are right, for that is what I am. So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you.
God, help me to receive everything that you are pouring into me and learn to simply be with you.
Today’s personal reflection features Dynamic Catholic team member Jenna Greiwe. Jenna is our Mission Team leader, coming to us from Lima, Ohio. Jenna enjoys watching The Golden Girls reruns, was featured in a Skyline Chili commercial, and is quite proud of the office prank she pulled off for April Fools’ Day.
How have you resisted God’s love in your life?
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