When Jesus had washed the disciples´ feet, he said
to them: "Amen, amen, I say to you, no
slave is greater than his master nor any messenger
greater than the one who sent him. If you understand
this, blessed are you if you do it. I
am not speaking of all of you. I know those
whom I have chosen. But so that the scripture
might be fulfilled, The one who ate my food has
raised his heel against me. From now on I
am telling you before it happens, so that when it
happens you may believe that I AM. Amen, amen,
I say to you, whoever receives the one I
send receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one
who sent me."
Introductory Prayer: Lord, I believe
that you are God. I believe that you became
man, suffered, died, rose from the dead and ascended
in heaven. I believe that you sent us the Holy
Spirit to guide us along our earthly journey towards
your heavenly Kingdom. Thank you for your infinite, unconditional
love. Thank you for showing me the way. I place
all my trust in you and yearn to love
you more each day.
Petition:Lord Jesus, make me prefer
to serve rather than be served.
1. The Teacher: The
disciples called Jesus “Master” during his lifetime. Many others
did too –– and rightfully so –– because Jesus
is the Master. The third time St. Peter saw the
Lord after the Resurrection, he confessed: “Lord, you know
everything” (John 21:17). And even if it meant accepting
difficult growth lessons in life, St. Peter was able to
accept humbly that Christ truly was Master, that he
does know all. In contemplating Christ, we must try
to remember who it is who is speaking, acting, working
miracles, suffering, working and instructing. It is God, the
Master of all: a man like us, yes, but
also God, holding the keys to all things.
Disciple: The master became a slave. God served men.
We can only bow in humble adoration knowing that our
all-powerful God came to earth to serve us. Time
and time again Christ gives his disciples an example
of their own mission: to serve others. Love God by
serving others; live like Jesus by humbly submitting to
God’s will. This is the essence of Christianity: to
live a life of humble service with all people, especially
with those we find it most difficult to serve.
One word captures it: charity.
3. The Blessing: Christ invites us
to serve. Being a servant to others is not
easy, because it means we have to be humble. It
was not easy for Christ either, but he had
a motivation: to love and save us. Serving is
a blessing –– even in those situations when our passions
flare up and we would like to justify ourselves
–– because we can love. Love transforms our world;
it transforms hearts and allows the grace of God to
touch the depths of the soul. If we have
love for souls as our motivation to serve, every
opportunity we have to live as servants becomes a blessing,
a blessing to live like the Master who came
to serve and not be served and to give his
life as a ransom for many.
Christ: Lord Jesus, help me this day to imitate
you as a humble servant of all. Inflame my heart
with a great zeal for souls so that in
every moment I may desire to bring your love to
Resolution: I will do a concrete act
of charity today for someone in need.