Sunday, April 16, 2006

From the Mass of the Lord's Supper

A bit of Papa's homily...
...Let us reflect with one more phrase from this inexhaustible Gospel passage: "I have given you an example" (John 13:15), that "you also ought to wash one another's feet" (John 13:14). In what does washing "one another's feet" consist? What does it mean, specifically? Every good work for the other -- especially for one who suffers and one who is little appreciated -- is a service of washing of the feet. The Lord calls us to this: to come down, to learn humility and the courage of goodness, as well as the willingness to accept rejection, trusting however in goodness and persevering in it.

But there is still a more profound dimension. The Lord removes our filth with the purifying force of his goodness. To wash one another's feet means, above all, to forgive one another tirelessly, to always begin again, though it might seem useless. It means to purify one another by enduring each other mutually and accepting that others endure us; to purify one another, giving one another mutually the sanctifying force of the Word of God and introducing ourselves in the sacrament of divine love.

The Lord purifies us and for this reason we dare to sit at his table. Let us pray that he give all of us the grace to be able to be guests one day and forever at the everlasting nuptial banquet. Amen!
Full homily via Zenit.

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