A Servant Like You

April 13, 2017

Holy Thursday – Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper

Today’s Gospel

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. Carmelo V. Pocdol)

“A Servant Like You”  is a song that inspired me to offer myself to God and to serve the people whom He sent:“Dearest Lord, teach me to be generous, teach me to serve You as I should, teach me …”

My desire for “service” is from and for Jesus. It came to my mind when I started to serve in various activities in the parish. Hearing from the homilies , I said to myself that if Jesus washed the feet of His disciples as a sign of his humble service to them, despite their unworthiness, how much more is expected of me, a follower and believer of Jesus. I prayed that I may develop the true essence of a servant- leader.

I became a leader of the altar servers then of the parish youth ministry, and then, of the diocesan youth for sometime. In all of the given chances to lead young servants, the invitation to be a servant- leader is constant and clear. Spending time to know and be with the people in the ministry; to journey and pray for them; listening to their concerns and dreams in life; celebrating with them with the little successes of their endeavors; and accompanying them to realize not just the goal of the group but also their personal goals: these opportunities I embraced as I follow Christ Jesus.

The invitation to be a servant- leader is very true in my seminary formation. Being a priest-in- process, I have to embrace and exercise servant-leadership and to concretise the opportunities that God is giving me. By being available to my brothers and offer help within my capacity, I can can better serve the community.

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