FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
April 1, 2021
WORD of the DAY
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 said to them, “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.” (John 13: 1-5, 14-15)
How shall I live this Word?
This is not the Passover of the Jews, but the Passover of Jesus. The Mystery of His Passage contains the Last Supper, which in John is presented in the Washing of the Feet. Sin in our heart has made verbs like ‘save’, ‘affirm’, ‘conquer’ grow in us, where our ‘I’ finds itself more and more entrenched in itself, on the defensive, far from its truth, against God and others. The ‘I’ of Christ is the ‘I’ of the Son of God and shows us how to fulfill our human nature with truth: ‘giving Himself’, ‘not sparing Himself’, ‘consuming Himself’: “He began to wash the feet of disciples and to dry them with a towel ”(13:5). The only verb for life is ‘to give’, ‘to love’: “He loved his own in the world and he loved them to the end” (13: 1). And Jesus teaches us to love in a way that is impossible to love more than this. This is the passage, the Passover of Christ, and this is our Passover. Whoever lives their humanity in the style of the Son of God, passes into a new dimension and with Jesus, in Jesus, and through Jesus “passes from this world to the Father” (cf. 13: 1), learns to live with the style of the Son, the style of eternal life.
“I have given you a model to follow, so that as I have done for you, you should also do.”
The Voice of Pope Francis, Holy Thursday 13 April 2017
There is a reversal: who seems the greatest must do the work of a slave, but to sow love. To sow love among us… I tell you that if you can give help, do a service here, in prison, to your partner, do it. Because this is love, this is how to wash feet. It is being a servant of others. Once the disciples quarreled among themselves over who was the greatest, the most important. And Jesus says: “Who wants to be important must make himself the least and the servant of all”. And this is what He did, this is what God does with us. He serves us, He is the servant.”
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