Called to serve
First reading: Exodus 12:1-8, 11-14
Psalm: Psalms 116:12-13, 15-18
Second reading: 1 Corinthians 11:23-26
Gospel reading: John 13:1-15
1Now before the feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. 2And during supper, when the devil had already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him, 3Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going to God, 4rose from supper, laid aside his garments, and girded himself with a towel. 5Then he poured water into a basin, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which he was girded. 6He came to Simon Peter; and Peter said to him, “Lord, do you wash my feet?” 7Jesus answered him, “What I am doing you do not know now, but afterward you will understand.” 8Peter said to him, “You shall never wash my feet.” Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no part in me.”9Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!” 10Jesus said to him, “He who has bathed does not need to wash, except for his feet, but he is clean all over; and you are clean, but not every one of you.” 11For he knew who was to betray him; that was why he said, “You are not all clean.” 12When he had washed their feet, and taken his garments, and resumed his place, he said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you? 13You call me Teacher and Lord; and you are right, for so I am. 14If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. 15For I have given you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you.
As we celebrate Holy Thursday today, we are reminded to serve one another as God has served us.
Jesus, our Teacher and God, washed the feet of His disciples. He lower down His pride and humble Himself to serve them (and all of us).
He wants to show us that that’s how we should live.
Often times, we are too proud to forgive, thinking that we are right. We are too proud to accept others who have different opinion than ours. We gossip about others mistake, thinking that we are holier or better than them.
Well, Jesus reminded us today that He wants us to have the heart of a servant, who is humble and meek. Who prioritize God’s will rather than our own will. Who are brave enough to let go of their pride in order to win people’s heart back to God.
We will not achieve all this if we do not have the heart of a servant.
Psalm 116:16-17, “O LORD, I am thy servant; I am thy servant, the son of thy handmaid. Thou hast loosed my bonds. I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving and call on the name of the LORD.”
On behalf of the writer of the daily reflection, we would like to wish all of you a blessed holy week and happy easter, we will share our relection with you again on Tuesday 3 April, 2018.
May God touches your heart and make it new. May you grow to love Him more and more each day. Amen.
Ferdi, Ira & kids
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