Fr. Patrick writes: The Mystery of Greatness

A walk with God, Day 38: The Mystery of Greatness

Today, we begin the celebration of the Easter Triduum. It is the climax or the apex of the Catholic Liturgical Calendar, the source and summit of the life of the Church. Today marks the institution of the Holy Eucharist, Christ’s own Body and Blood, and the Institution of the Holy Priesthood. Due to the COVID-19 situation, the washing of feet will be absent in our Holy Thursday celebration, the celebration of the Last Supper.

Though absent, let us not lose sight of the significance of that act and the message it carries. Let us once again picture our Lord Jesus Christ at supper. Picture Him rising from the table, taking off his outer garments and putting a towel around His waist. Imagine Him stooping, like a servant, to wash the feet of the disciples. The master, now undertaking the task of a slave. This is preposterous to the human mind, but Jesus did it to give us a totally different picture of the Father – God doesn’t trample on us but kneels down to us in order to raise us up.

The mystery of the greatness of God is seen in the fact that as big as He is, He can become small for your sake and mine. The episode of the washing of the feet teaches us that Jesus did not only come to our level, but even lower than our level. He is ready to descend as low as to become our slave in order to clean us and make us fit for God. Peter had not yet grasped this mystery and that was why he refused to be foot-washed by the Lord.

True love emanates from becoming ‘small’ in order to help the other person. And true love does not impoverish the other but enriches him or her, it lifts another up. We can really help lift the other person only when we come down or go lower than they are. Let us, during this Triduum, emulate this humility of the Master, and become real Easter people.

Read:📖 John 13:1-15
Prayer Point:🙇🏽‍♀️ Pray for an increase in vocations to the priesthood.
Action:👉🏽 Serve someone today

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