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Accepting the Divine Self

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Holy Thursday

“Jesus answered and said to him, ‘What I am doing, you do not understand now, but you will understand later.’ Peter said to him, ‘You will never wash my feet.’ Jesus answered him, ‘Unless I wash you, you will have no inheritance with me.’ Simon Peter said to him, ‘Master, then not only my feet, but my hands and head as well.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Whoever has bathed has no need except to have his feet washed, for he is clean all over; so you are clean, but not all.” (John 13:7-10)

Today is Holy Thursday, the first day of the Triduum. It is the love between the Father and Son that empowers Jesus to choose this journey of surrender and self-emptying. Jesus’ faith and trust in this divine love drew Him to let go of everything else. True faith and trust take us too into the unknown with this love.

Our first work as Christians is to believe and trust this divine love. Ruth Burrows says that the heart of Christianity is God giving God’s self to us. Jesus opened Himself fully to receive this divine self. We, too, are called to open ourselves to receiving from God. This is difficult for us who often think we need to be the doers for God and not the receivers from God.

It is sometimes difficult for me to believe in God’s love, and yet it seems it is only when I am trusting and open to receive that I am able to take the step toward surrender. Peter learned this too, and we hear that story in today’s Gospel. Peter was not ready to receive from Jesus, until Jesus said you can have no part of me without first letting me wash your feet.

Let us ponder today what Jesus might desire to do for us. How would His washing our feet look in our daily life? Jesus says “I give you a model for you to follow.” As we begin these holy days of the Triduum, what are we learning from Jesus that we want to follow in our lives?


thank You for the gift of your Love and surrender.

In these next days, call us to the conversion we need to make it possible

to receive Your love and Your action in our lives.

Sr. Janice Klein
Director of Development, Presentation Sisters

EXODUS 12:1-8, 11-14 • PSALM 116:12-13, 15-16BC, 17-18 • 1 CORINTHIANS 11:23-26 • JOHN 13:1-15

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