Thursday 1 April 2021

About Today Readings

Holy Thursday

Exodus 12:1-8, 11-14. Our blessing-cup is a communion with the blood of Christ – Psalm 115(116):12-13, 15-18. 1 Corinthians 11:23-26. John 13:1-15.

If I . . . have washed your feet, you must wash each other’s feet.

Years after I taught her, I met a former student and asked her what, if anything she remembered. She replied: ‘On cold mornings in the laboratory, you would start by getting us to jump up and down singing, “Prepare ye the way of the Lord!’ Years later, following legislation allowing gay civil unions, she invited me to her wedding to Victoria.

Another wrote on a Christmas card, ‘Thank you for being kind to me when I was young.’ From 1969 onwards, at the end of school years, I wrote a card for each girl, affirming her special gifts. At gatherings in recent years, women took out the cards, carried all that time. After school, if invited, I visited the homes of students. Those family contacts lasted many years.

It is the simple things that matter, the cups of tea, the phone calls, the listening, remembering families and sending cards.

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