Today is Maundy Thursday..
Usually, our family’s activity revolves around the Holy Week Recollection. But not this year, because of ECQ.
Anyway, so there are 2 sets of readings today. There’s one for the Chrism Mass, and another for the remembrance of Jesus washing the feet of His Apostles. I’ll reflect on the latter kasi while reading it, the Lord, I think spoke to me.
Alam nyo un, ung tipong nagbabasa ka, tapos biglang may thought nalang na papasok sa utak mo. At first you’d think it’s a distraction. Pero it can actually be a message. So it’s very handy to have a pen and paper ready.
Okay, so, washing of the feet. We all get the picture, and we see it during Maundy Thursday evening church service. Jesus, represented by the priest, would wash the feet of the disciples.
We all know that when Jesus did this, it’s like His act of service and love for His disciples, right? Kasi yung feet daw ang usually pinaka-maduming part ng body. That time daw, they’re wearing sandals lang, tapos gala pa sila ng gala to spread the Gospel, help the poor, heal the sick, serve the last the least and thr lost.
And if ikaw ang leader, you’d think dapat ikaw un iseserve diba? But at this point, si Jesus ung nagserve sa apostles nya by washing their feet.
It showed them also that this service is also an act of love. That Jesus is willing to bow down for them, for their sake. It showed them that, hey, even if you betray me, even f you foresake me, or deny me, I still love you. That even before these things happen, I loved you first.
And then, here’s the thing that struck me. The washing of the feet was symbolic of somehow Jesus washing us of our sins. Diba he was clean (or maybe madumi din ung feet nya from all that walking). But he stripped himself of his outer garments, and was willing to get down and dirty washing his apostles feet.
He was clean and sinless. Yet he was willing to die the death of a grave sinner.
For me, it was symbolic of how He also took our place on the cross. And eventually how we will take His place for other people.
How as faithful people, we are sometimes humiliated, bashed, when we speak of the gospel. When we are laughed at, while worshipping, ung sa alive alive. And we are sometimes rejected by people we invite to church services because for them, enough naman na ang nagsisimba every Sunday.
But that is our call. To serve, to love, and to pass on what He taught us. He wants us to take His place. To be Jesus to others. ☺
Jesus loved us first.
– God-guided Gal
April 9, 2020
1st reading: Exodus 12:1-8, 11-14
Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 116:12-13, 15-16, 17-18
“Our blessing cup is a communion with the Blood of Christ.”
2nd reading: 1 Corinthians 11:23-26
Gospel: John 13:1-15
Here’s me, reflecting on the readings and making a video of it. Pardon the funny thumbnail. Hehehe!