Thursday, we have the readings for Holy
Thursday. The Gospel reading (Jn
13:1-151) tells the story of Jesus washing the feet
of the disciples. Jesus and His friends had gathered together to eat a
special meal for the feast of Passover. After the meal, Jesus got up
from the table and began to wash the feet of the disciples. Simon
Peter and Jesus' other friends felt very uncomfortable about this, thinking
that they should be instead serving Jesus in this way. But Jesus told
Simon Peter, "Unless I wash you, you will have no inheritance with me."
Peter wanted so much to be with Jesus and to have salvation with God that he
allowed Jesus to wash his feet. Once He had finished, Jesus told His
disciples, "Do you realize what I have done for you? You call me
'teacher' and 'master,' and rightly so, for indeed I am. If I,
therefore, the master and teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash
one another's feet. I have given you a model to follow, so that as I
have done for you, you should also do."
Jesus called His disciples to love and to serve one
another. In the same way, Jesus calls each of us to do this same
thing! Jesus wants us to be models of His love by helping and caring
for one another. On Holy Thursday, try to attend Mass with your
family. You will probably see the Priest from your church washing the
feet of some of the men, who represent the disciples. While you are at
Mass and while you are coloring, think about ways that you can "wash the
feet" of the special people in your life.
Take some quiet time to pray to God as you color. To color
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