HOLY THURSDAY
Thursday, April 13
Deacon J.D. Betzen
Seminary Class of 2017

 

Humbly Accepting Christ’s Humility

 

“He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples' feet.” -John 13:5

 

At the beginning of John’s account of the Last Supper in today’s Gospel, Jesus is “fully aware” of what He is about to do, foreshadowing on that night the sacrifice He will make the following day. He precedes His humiliating sacrifice with a simpler, humble gesture: washing the disciples’ feet.

 

Not everyone agrees with His choice, as Peter chooses at first not to allow Jesus to serve Him in such a manner. As He soon learns, however, the proper response to Jesus’ action is an equally humble reception of the gift He makes. Peter had to say yes to Jesus in order to receive His life-changing grace!

 

Others may make the same mistake today, in two different ways. Some may proudly think themselves too good to receive Jesus’ condescending gift; they think they are not sinful enough to be in need of Jesus’ humble generosity. The opposite can also be true, some may think themselves unworthy to accept such an outpouring of grace, and they think their sins are too great to be forgiven.

 

Jesus gives a firm and clear answer to both of these in His response to Peter: “Unless I wash you, you will have no inheritance with Me.” Part of being a Christian disciple is humbly accepting Jesus’ humble gift of Himself.

 

Jesus, help me to receive humbly all of the graces You have generously prepared for me, especially the ones I may find difficult to accept. Amen.

 

 

Ex 12:1-4, 11-14               Ps 116: 12-13, 15-16bc, 17-18        1 Cor 11: 23-26  Jn 13:1-15