Will You Let Him Wash Your Feet?
First Reading: Exodus 12:1-8, 11-14 The LORD said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, "This month shall stand at…blessedisshe.net
Today marks Holy Thursday, the first of our three day journey with Jesus towards the Resurrection. Today is one of my favorite days of the year to go to Mass. Holy Thursday Mass reminds us of that first Mass.
Seeing the priest at this Mass we remember this day when Jesus first instituted the priesthood for the first time. In receiving Communion on this day, we remember the first Eucharist that Jesus offered at the Last Supper.
The Mass is also the new fulfillment of the Jewish Passover feast that Jesus and His disciples were celebrating in the Upper Room. Furthermore, the Mass is the memorial of Jesus’ Passion, death and Resurrection, which we are commemorating ever more intensely in these days of Triduum. Today when we go to Mass it is really as if we are truly there with Jesus at the Last Supper before His crucifixion. So, yes, it’s a good day to go to Mass.
What great gifts God has given us! Like the Psalmist, we too cry out, “How shall I make a return to the Lord for all the good he has done for me?” And thankfully God gives us the means to through which we can perfectly thank Him — His Son. The word “Eucharist” means “thanksgiving.” Through offering Jesus in the Eucharist back to the Father, we offer the most perfect act of worship and thanksgiving to God.
After washing the disciples’ feet, Jesus says to His disciples, but also to us, “I have given you a model to follow, so that as I have done for you, you should also do.”
I’m wondering, how has Jesus been a model for you? What has Jesus done for you?
Not only the immediate weighty answer that He died on the Cross for you and won for you salvation, but what are the ways in which He has brought salvation to you in your everyday life? How has Jesus washed your feet??
What has Jesus done for you? And if you don’t really know, consider asking Him tonight and seeing if He reveals or does something for you in these next three days. Perhaps tonight you can be willing to let Him wash your feet . . . .
Then . . . go and do the same.