Daily Meditation for March 31, 2010

by Delores Dufner, OSB

Father Robert Hovda once wrote that Sunday worship is a rehearsal for Christian life in the world during the rest of the week. He said that the words and actions of the liturgy help us to practice the attitudes and habits of Jesus. On Holy Thursday this week, when Christians gather to celebrate the Last Supper, we will hear how Jesus got up from the table to wash the feet of his disciples. After hearing the Gospel, we will see someone washing the feet of another, and possibly experience having our own feet washed. Jesus’ words point us to the meaning of this powerfully symbolic action: “If I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.” As followers of Jesus, we are called to mutual service and servant leadership, not out of self-interest or hope of personal gain, but like Jesus, out of other-centered, self-giving love.