Holy Thursday April 2nd
Anna Filosa C ‘17
Faith In Action
“‘If I therefore, the master and teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash one another’s feet. I have given you a model to follow, so that as I have done for you, you should also do.’” Jn 13:14-15
On Holy Thursday, Christians have a tradition of the washing of the feet t to emulate what Jesus did the night before He died. In Jesus’s time, that was the job of the lowest of the low, yet here is Jesus, the Son of God, displaying the ultimate act of humility. Jesus humbled Himself to serve others and holds us to the same standard. That’s a pretty intense call to action when you think about it. It can be really hard these days to “wash one another’s feet” because we live in a society that glorifies individual pride. Even Lent can sometimes get us caught up in how much we’re praying or giving up. While prayer and fasting areimportant, we can’t forget about putting our faith into practice in our daily lives.
Let us all take some time during this last little bit of Lent to serve others and make Jesus smile. It can be as simple as helping someone pick up the papers they dropped or bring their packages back to their dorm. It could mean swallowing your pride and acknowledging fault or avoiding excuses, or it could mean giving up a Saturday to give blood or to clear out your closet and donate your old clothes. Whatever service means to you, challenge your-self in the way that Jesus knows you can. I’ve found that the times my heart has been the fullest and my faith is the most alive is when I’m thinking less of myself and more of those around me. It has a way of making m happier. As Mother Teresa once said, “Faith in action is love, and love in action is service. By transforming that faith into living acts of love, we put ourselves in contact with God Himself, with Jesus our Lord.”
Heavenly Father, show me how You want me to put my faith into action, and give me the opportunities and the humility to do so. Amen