Posted by: livingscripture | March 3, 2015

Second Tuesday of Lent

From the Word of the Day 

“As for you, do not be called ‘Rabbi’.  You have but one teacher, and you are all brothers.  Call no one on earth your ‘father’; you have but one Father in heaven.  Do not be called ‘Master’; you have but one master, the Christ.”   

 (Matthew 23: 8-11)   

How should we live this Wordwashing feet

The provocation of the Gospel does not lie so much in pointing at helpful relationships as in the insidious temptation to possess people, exercising a seductive power over them.  There can be in groups, in communities, reference persons, ‘adults’ able to accompany the maturation of little ones.  Very often, the relationships are asymmetrical.  However, this imbalance must not lead to domination, but rather to service.  Jesus witnesses to this:  authoritative, charismatic, we can even say seductive, He shows His position in the relationship by kneeling.  The washing of the feet symbolically seals it.Today’s Gospel helps us to see a particular way of being that we have to establish our relationships: to feel we are masters and guides of others or to call someone ‘father’, in order to acknowledge their importance for our life.  This is very common and does not seem at all wrong.  Why is it something to avoid?

In my pause for silent contemplation, I will reflect on Jesus as He, who is God, washes the feet of His apostles and I will ask Him to help me imitate Him.

Lord, be my guide always, and when I am entrusted with the accompaniment of others, help me humbly entrust to You my presence beside these people.  Let me always act in a spirit of service.  Help me to feel I am Your child, totally entrusted to You and aware of my limitations.

The Voice of Carl Gustav Jung

If there is something we want to change in a child, we must first examine to see if it is not something that would be better to change in ourselves.

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