April 17, 2014
Exodus 12:1-8, 11-14 * 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 * John 13:1-15
The majestic opening words of the Gospel for the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper have always been awe-inspiring to me: “Jesus knew that his hour had come….” He was “fully aware that the Father had put everything into his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God.”
Jesus’ power as the Eternal Word is set side-by-side with the humility of his actions on this evening: precisely because he was aware that he was returning to God, “he rose from supper and took off his outer garments…. Then he… began to wash the disciples’ feet.”
The message is clear: this is who our God is. His power and majesty are revealed in his ability to set both aside and perform the task of a slave. Jesus reveals to us the true nature of love: “He loved his own in the world, and he loved them to the end.” All of them, by the way: Judas was still there, and Jesus knows that he will betray him.
- Jesus continues to show us this love as he gives himself to us in the Eucharist, and he commands us to imitate him. Can I allow him to teach it to me?
Father Jonathan began as associate pastor of St. Mary’s in July 2013. He was ordained a priest in 2009.
St. Mary's Catholic Center will post a daily reflection from a student, former student, or staff member every day of Lent. We have compiled these reflections into a handout, given to our students on Ash Wednesday.