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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

April 1 A..D. 2010

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Exodus 12:1-8, 11-14
Psalm 116:12-13, 15-16bc, 17-18
1 Corinthians 11:23-26 John 13:1-15

A reflection on today's Scripture:

Jesus loved His own in the world and He loved them to the end. (see: John 13:1)

He began this night in salvation history by washing the feet of His apostles, an act that could not be required of even the lowliest Jewish slave. The Passover meal, which we now call the Last Supper, leaves us with many messages, all summed up with the reality of how much Christ loves us and that we are to love one another.

Christ started His night of suffering by reminding us that we are here to serve, as He was, not to be served. Our mission as Christians is being open to the needs of others and helping where and how we are able. This involves responding first to the needs of our family, but also to those in the greater community. This giving of ourselves includes both the spiritual and corporal works of mercy. It is not enough to throw a couple of dollars in some collection basket. Christ got down on His knees to wash the feet of His apostles. Shouldn't we be able to follow that example?

- Joan of Jesus, OCDS | jmurphy(at)syracuse(dot)net

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Holy Thursday

Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper

Lives of the saints:

Full Scripture text from today's Liturgy of the Word:


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