“I have given you a model to follow, so that as I have done for you, you should also do.”

Anticipating this evening’s Mass of the Lord’s Supper, we look at the gospel in which we again pick up John’s telling of the events of the final Passover meal Jesus shared with his apostles (Jn 13:1-15).  We read of Jesus washing the feet of His apostles in which He, when finished, tells them that while He is their master and teacher, He humbled Himself in this task.  They are to do the same for others as He notes in the closing statement at top.  Thomas à Kempis’s fifteenth century treatise, Imitation of Christ, is one of the most widely read books in history.  Highly recommended, as it has stood the test of time, in page after page it gets to the heart of what Jesus tells His closest friends just hours before His suffering and death.  If He felt it necessary to demonstrate the importance of humility in service in such a dramatic way at such a difficult time, then we must take seriously to heart the need to do likewise.  Jesus is the model for us.  In order to follow this model properly He has given us the Church through which we have Scripture, Tradition, and the authoritative teaching and safeguarding of His Truth in the Magisterium.  With such a wonderful gift we must learn Christ (through the prayerful reading of the Bible, Catechism, and other good works) so we can imitate Him here on earth so as to be happy with Him forever in Heaven.  If the Lord of Lords and the King of Kings, God Himself, can stoop down to not only become one of His creatures, but to serve them, how much easier should it be for us to do the same for our own brothers and sisters in the human family.  Let us pray for the graces to live humility and service, graces no more abundantly available than at this time as we enter this holy Triduum.

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