Thursday 6 April 2023

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.

A lesson in true leadership

‘Do you understand what I have done for you?’ When Jesus chose to wash his disciples’ feet, not all his disciples were comfortable. In first-century Jewish culture, people wore sandals, walked on dirt roads, and feet were perennially dirty. Foot washing was a necessary, but lowly and menial task, typically done by servants. By washing his disciples’ feet, Jesus was turning the conventional understanding of social hierarchy on its head, revealing that true leadership is not about power and status, but about service and humility. And Jesus called for his followers to emulate that example (I imagine both literally and figuratively). When I first saw Pope Francis wash the feet of Muslim refugees on Holy Thursday in 2016, I shed tears. I wonder if the disciples did the same. With this powerful and profoundly touching reminder of Christ’s example and the Church’s commitment to serving others, may we be reminded of the lessons of humility and our own call to serve.

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