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Thursday, April 17th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St John 13:1-15.


Holy Thursday – Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper

17 APRIL 2014

Then he poured water into a basin and began
to wash the disciples’ feet and dry them with
the towel around his waist.

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 13:1-15.

Before the feast of Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to pass from this world to the Father.
He loved his own in the world and he loved them to the end.
The devil had already induced Judas, son of Simon the Iscariot,
to hand him over. So, during supper,
fully aware that the Father had put everything into his power and that he had come from
God and was returning to God,
he rose from supper and took off his outer garments.
He took a towel and tied it around his waist.
Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’
feet and dry them with the towel around his waist.
He came to Simon Peter, who said to him,
“Master, are you going to wash my feet?”
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.”
For he knew who would betray him; for this reason, he said,
“Not all of you are clean.”
So when he had washed their feet (and) put his garments back on and reclined at table again, he said to them,
“Do you realize what I have done for you?
You call me ‘teacher’ and ‘master,’ and rightly so, for indeed I am.
If I, therefore,
the master and teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash one another’s feet.
I have given you a model to follow,
so that as I have done for you, you should also do.

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Holy Thursday – Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper

Commentary of the day

Saint Anthony of Padua (c.1195-1231),
Franciscan, Doctor of the Church

Sermons for Sundays and Feasts, Maundy Thursday

« I am among you as one who serves » (Lk 22,27)

“Jesus rose from supper and took off his outer garments. He took a towel and tied it around his waist. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet.” We read a story of the same kind in Genesis. Abraham says to the messengers – the three angels who visit him: “Let some water be brought that you may bathe your feet and then rest yourselves under the tree; let me bring you a little food that you may refresh yourselves” (18,4-5). What Abraham did for the three angels, Christ did for his apostles, those messengers of the truth, who were to preach faith in the Blessed Trinity to all the world.

He stoops down to them like a child; he stoops down and washes their feet. What an incomprehensible humility; what inexpressible goodness! He whom the angels adore in heaven is at these fishermen’s feet! The face that causes angels to tremble bends over the feet of these poor men! Therefore Peter is seized with fear… When he has washed their feet he makes them “lie down under the tree” as it says in the Song of Songs: “I delight to rest in his shadow and his fruit is sweet to my mouth” (2,3). This fruit is his Body and Blood, given them today by him. It is the “morsel of bread” he set before them and that gave them strength for the work they must undertake…

Behold, “on this mountain the Lord of Hosts will prepare for all peoples a feast of rich meat with the marrow” (Is 25,6)… In the upper room where the apostles are to receive the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost, the Lord of all the world throws a feast today for all the peoples who believe in him… This is what the Church does today throughout the world. It was for her sake that Christ prepared this feast on Mount Zion, this food that restores us, his true Body, rich in every spiritual virtue and charity. This he has given to his apostles and has commanded them to give to those who believe in him.

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