March 28, 2013

The Gospel Today

Holy Thursday

Jn 13: 1-15

Before the feast of Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come
to pass from this world to the Father.
He loved his own in the world and he loved them to the end.
The devil had already induced Judas, son of Simon the Iscariot, to hand him over.
So, during supper,
fully aware that the Father had put everything into his power
and that he had come from God and was returning to God,
he rose from supper and took off his outer garments.
He took a towel and tied it around his waist.
Then he poured water into a basin
and began to wash the disciples’ feet
and dry them with the towel around his waist.
He came to Simon Peter, who said to him,
“Master, are you going to wash my feet?”
Jesus answered and said to him,
“What I am doing, you do not understand now,
but you will understand later.”
Peter said to him, “You will never wash my feet.”
Jesus answered him,
“Unless I wash you, you will have no inheritance with me.”
Simon Peter said to him,
“Master, then not only my feet, but my hands and head as well.”
Jesus said to him,
“Whoever has bathed has no need except to have his feet washed,
for he is clean all over;
so you are clean, but not all.”
For he knew who would betray him;
for this reason, he said, “Not all of you are clean.”

So when he had washed their feet
and put his garments back on and reclined at table again,
he said to them, “Do you realize what I have done for you?
You call me ‘teacher’ and ‘master,’ and rightly so, for indeed I am.
If I, therefore, the master and teacher, have washed your feet,
you ought to wash one another’s feet.
I have given you a model to follow,
so that as I have done for you, you should also do.”

Reflection (Sem. Rolly C. Teng)
We are now in the Holy Thursday of the Holy Week. In this very day, priests from different arch/dioceses renew their vow of obedience to their respective bishops. While in the Gospel we remember and reenact the evening when Jesus washes the feet of the apostles. When Jesus started to wash the feet of the Apostles, Peter protested: he said, “You shall never wash my feet.” To which Jesus replied: “If I do not wash you, you cannot have a share with me” (Jn. 13:8).

I remember my experience when I attended my first archdiocesan event in the youth ministry. It was in the year 2000 when we held the SYNC (Summer Youth Nature Camp) in Basa Airbase, Floridablanca, Pampanga. One of the activities we had was the washing of the feet. We were divided into small groups and we dramatized how Jesus washed the feet of the Apostles. That activity taught me to serve one another without any hesitation and suspicion. As one of the youth ministers then, I learned to serve my fellow young people with love. Through that simple gesture, I showedmy connectedness to one another and to Jesus when it comes to service. Jesus said,“If I do not wash you, you cannot have a share with me”, because of these words, I allow each one to be like Jesus towards one another.

In the Sacrament of Reconciliation, Jesus unceasingly washes our feet. Jesus continuouslyforgives our sins. When we allow Jesus to wash us from our sinfulness, we become clean and feel refresh.  Our connection and lovefor Jesus is being renewed when we go to confession.

Lastly, Jesus said, “You, then, should wash one another’s feet.” Let us allow others to bring us closer to God. We must help one another to wash each other’s feet as an act of service. Let us be generous in forgiving others as Jesus sets an example in the washing of the feet.

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