Thursday, April 17, 2014

Thursday -Holy Week

BEADS OF JOY 04-17-14
“Thursday –Holy Week”
©2014 James Dacey, Jr. OFS
Today's Gospel: John 13:1-15
(Jesus Washes the Disciples Feet)
Now before the feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. And during supper, when the devil had already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray him, Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going to God, rose from supper, laid aside his garments, and girded himself with a towel. Then he poured water into a basin, and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which he was girded. He came to Simon Peter; and Peter said to him, "Lord, do you wash my feet?" Jesus answered him, "What I am doing you do not know now, but afterward you will understand." Peter said to him, "You shall never wash my feet." Jesus answered him, "If I do not wash you, you have no part in me." Simon Peter said to him, "Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!" Jesus said to him, "He who has bathed does not need to wash, except for his feet, but he is clean all over; and you are clean, but not every one of you." For he knew who was to betray him; that was why he said, "You are not all clean." When he had washed their feet, and taken his garments, and resumed his place, he said to them, "Do you know what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord; and you are right, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet. For I have given you an example that you also should do as I have done to you.””

My Friends,
On this very evening in Holy Week, Our Lord's Last Supper shall be served; but in preparation for that our Lord reveals His deep humility before the disciples. Today's scripture is John 13:1-15 (Jesus washes the disciple’s feet) this is to further show them the deep love He has for them. And if anyone has ever wondered where I get these titles; for the most part they are words straight out if the day’s scripture. I like the thought of the title to be directly connected to the writing. Today is all about humility in preparation for the betrayal that will sentence Jesus to death. 
Also note that today is also a representation of the 5th Luminous Mystery (The Institution of the Eucharist). Jesus loves all of us unconditionally, in His death and all that surrounded it; He gives us an example we need to follow and to do as He did. His love has power, and compassion, and a very important element: "humility". Humility has power in its intention and kindness to do good. Humble people tend to be more loving. We must be like Jesus.
Humility, what is humility?
HUMILITY (hu•mil•ity): 1: a disposition to be humble; a lack of false pride; 2: a humble feeling to help others before yourself.
Can we live a humble, lowly live in today's world? Can we really submit to others while we are humble before our Lord? Is this real in today's world? It is important that we really look at this. We need to be like Jesus, He washed the feet of the disciples. Can we find in ourselves the humility to do for others, things no one else would do because of their pride? There is so much to consider here. Let's take a good look at scripture to truly discover the treasure in being humble.
"When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom." ~Proverbs 11:2
"Humility and the fear of the LORD bring wealth and honor and life." ~Proverbs 22:4
"If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves." ~Philippians 2:1-3
“Unless a life is lived for others, it is not worthwhile.”
“Intense love does not measure; it just gives.”
“If you judge people, you have no time to love them.”
~Mother Teresa of Calcutta
The Last Supper. Maundy Thursday, also known as Holy Thursday, commemorates Christ's final Passover meal with his disciples, when he instituted the practice of the Eucharist (communion).
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