Thursday 28 March 2024

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.

Service is the way to lead

The two great themes that emerge through the readings on this special day are food and service. For human beings’ social cohesiveness, food is a cultural glue, and it can only be consumed through the efforts of those who serve which is traditionally the role of the women. In the Exodus reading, the Israelites had to follow many rules and then do service to God for the rest of their lives in thanks for being saved. Jesus changed that. In John’s Gospel he shows that service is the way to lead, and by humbly serving all those who were with him by washing their feet, Jesus radically changes how our relationships can function. Using this as inspiration, our lives can change when our response to others is to serve.

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