This evening the universal Church celebrated the Mass of the Lord’s Supper. Contained in the Last Supper are 3 special gifts of Our Lord to the Church:
- The Priesthood which would make present through history the pastoral care of Jesus, the Good Shepherd.
- The Mass which among other things provides Holy Communion, food for the journey to the Father’s House.
- The example of fraternal charity contained in the Washing of the Feet.
The gospel for this evening’s Mass is given below. The reflections of www.jesuit.org.sg are as follows:
- To be disciples of Jesus, we must be washed “clean” of our sins of pride and different forms of self-centeredness so that we can be open to the Holy Spirit’s promptings to spread the Good News of God’s Salvation to others.
- When Jesus washed the feet of His disciples, He performed the task of a slave. This is never done in Jewish culture. Jesus wants us to know that to serve Him we need to be humble like Him.
- Jesus, who set an example of humble service for us to follow, instructs us “that you also should do as I have done to you”.
JOHN 13:1-15 It was before the festival of the Passover, and Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to pass from this world to the Father. He had always loved those who were his in the world, but now he showed how perfect his love was.
They were at supper, and the devil had already put it into the mind of Judas Iscariot son of Simon, to betray him. Jesus knew that the Father had put everything into his hands, and that he had come from God and was returning to God, and he got up from table, removed his outer garment and, taking a towel, wrapped it round his waist; he then poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel he was wearing.
He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, ‘Lord, are you going to wash my feet?’ Jesus answered, ‘At the moment you do not know what I am doing, but later you will understand.’ ‘Never!’ said Peter ‘You shall never wash my feet.’ Jesus replied, ‘If I do not wash you, you can have nothing in common with me.’ ‘Then, Lord,’ said Simon Peter ‘not only my feet, but my hands and my head as well!’ Jesus said, ‘No one who has taken a bath needs washing, he is clean all over. You too are clean, though not all of you are.’ He knew who was going to betray him, that was why he said, ‘though not all of you are.’
When he had washed their feet and put on his clothes again he went back to the table. ‘Do you understand’ he said ‘what I have done to you? You call me Master and Lord, and rightly; so I am. If I, then, the Lord and Master, have washed your feet, you should wash each other’s feet. I have given you an example so that you may copy what I have done to you.’