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Holy Thursday
April 13, 2017

By Sr. Lucy Silvio, CSJ
Baton Rouge, LA

Ex 12:1-8, 11-14; Ps 116:12-13, 15-18;
1 Cor 11:23-26, 13:5-6; Jn 13:1-15

Jean Vanier, founder of the L’ARCH communities, wrote that he began to understand the link between Eucharist and the foot-washing in John’s Gospel through Eric, a young resident who was blind, deaf, could not walk, and was not toilet trained. Building communion with Eric became possible only when Eric’s body was washed with loving respect at his bath times. Eric’s response to Jean’s tenderness brought home to Jean what was broken in himself in an experience of mutuality and healing.

A few years ago at a L’ARCH community Mass, I was in an open room where the residents, in wheelchairs and stretchers, and their care-takers were configured around a simple table- altar. I witnessed the bonds between members, made visible in their shared vulnerable humanity. The foot-washing took place in the realities of their life--a life containing the components that were present at the Last Supper. When the cup of suffering is shared we touch the meaning of Eucharist.

Gracious God, secure in your faithful love, we ask that you
renew in us the actions of love that Jesus demonstrated in his living
and in his dying. May the love of Christ dwell in our hearts,
now and forever.


Personal Challenge
This is the Body given up for you.
This is the Chalice of the New Covenant in my blood;
do this in memory of me.

Check back tomorrow for a Good Friday reflection.

Courtesy of Ministry of the Arts