March 24, 2016 - Holy Thursday 2016
Saint Martin de Tours Catholic Church
Jesus loved his own in the world and he loved them to the end.
Even though they would abandon and betray him, Jesus loved them.
Even though they would turn and run in the other directions, Jesus loved them.
Even though they misunderstood him and seldom got things right, Jesus still loved them.
We are his own in the world, even when we act like Judas and betray with a kiss.
We are his own in the world, even when we act like Peter and deny with our words.
We are his own in the world, even when we fall asleep spiritually after having been asked to pray awhile.
Jesus loves us despite our weaknesses, or maybe because of them. I don’t know.
What I do know is that Jesus loves his own in the world and we are his own in the world and he loves us to the end.
Jesus loves us so much that he rushes in to care for us when we fail to step up and take care of each other.
Jesus rushes in to wash feet when no one else wants to do it.
Jesus rushes in to love when everyone else seem to want to lust or, even worse, to hate.
Jesus rushes in to heal while everyone else just stands around watching.
Jesus rushes in to forgive while everyone else is still hurting or angry or holding a grudge.
Jesus allows himself to be broken for us: his body become the Bread of Life.
Jesus allows himself to be poured out for us: his blood come of the Cup of Salvation.
Jesus allows himself to be given for us Sacramentally in the Eucharist as a source of comfort and grace and spiritual nourishment.
And Jesus says that he is a model, an example so that we might do as he has done.
Jesus shows us how to serve and love and heal and forgive. And says, “Do you realize what I have done for you? I have given you a model to follow, so that as I have done for you, you should also do. You ought to wash one another’s feet.”