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  • Writer's pictureFr. Kris

Holy Thursday

Jn 13:1-15

On Holy Thursday, we are taught that, just as Jesus’ disciples, we also are called to serve others but not to be served. Jesus is washing the feet of his disciples -- a great act of humility and service. Many times, we are reminded that our mission is to serve others, and we can do that in many various ways. You may not really agree with me, but I think that it is easier to serve, to help, and to give than to accept others’ help. And there will be times when we would need to swallow our pride and with humility accept others’ help. Look at Simon Peter today, who didn’t want the Lord to wash His feet -- I should wash your feet instead, he said. I remember when my mom got sick and she was getting weaker and weaker, and one of the most difficult things for her was to accept the fact that she needed others to help her, even with taking care of very simple basic things. On Holy Thursday, I am always reminded that even though I am called to serve others, yet at the same time I need to understand that there will be times when I would have to humbly admit that I need others to help me. What is humbler, to serve or to accept others’ service?

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