Holy Thursday – to serve!

Our Jewish sisters and brothers marked the beginning of Passover this past Monday at sundown.  When families gathered around the table, the leader, traditionally the father of the household, would take the Haggadah, i.e., the Jewish text which sets forth the order of a Passover Seder, and begins by asking a question: What makes this night different from all other nights?  It is different because the Lord brought the People of Israel out of Egypt.  

Tonight, Catholic parishes around the world will gather and the homilist could easily begin with the same question: what makes this night different from all other nights?  It is different because Jesus gives us an example to follow.  As he humbles himself and washes the feet of his 12 Apostles, he instructs them that they must follow his example of humility.  It might not seem like much but by the very fact that Jesus kneels in front of his closest friends, most who declare their fidelity and soon will either deny him, like Saint Peter, or run away so that they can be safe from harm.  To serve and to be a servant to those in need is the example that Jesus taught us to follow.  As we are nourished this night by the Eucharist may we be strengthened in our resolve to follow our Savior so that we might experience the joys of the Resurrection.

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