From the Word of the Day
It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. So he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him. He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” “No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet. Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.” (John 13: 1/ 4-8)
Tonight we will participate in the Lord’s Last Supper. Let us enter on tip toe into the Cenacle prepared for us, ready to receive His presence among us, listening to His last words that He leaves us as a sacred testimony before going from this world. Our eyes and heart will be filled with awe and marvel as we contemplate the Master humbly kneeling at our feet.
Our tendency is to place attention on ourselves, on what we do, on our merits, and the sacrifices we offer to the Lord; as well as on our sins and defects. But tonight, the Lord wants us to be solely occupied with a basic attitude; just simply receiving His Love.
John tells us that Jesus, having reached the extreme of Love in loving His own in the world; He loved them to the end. Jesus’ statement helps us to understand that Jesus loves us as much as is possible. He has been the servant of all for love and for love He gave His life. For Love, He took our sins upon Himself and died on the Cross.
More than thinking about what we have to offer the Lord as Peter did when Jesus knelt to wash his feet, we must be ready to receive Our Lord’s love for us. It is only then that we will be able to Love Him in our turn. Jesus leads and we follow.
In my pause for silent contemplation, I will place myself in a receptive attitude, ready to be inundated by Jesus’ love for me.
The Voice of the Collect Prayer of Holy Thursday
O God, who has united us to celebrate the Holy Supper in which Your only Son, before dying, entrusted His Church with the new and eternal sacrifice, the nuptial supper of His Love, grant that from our participation in this great mystery we may draw the fullness of charity and life. Amen