Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Fight for the Towel Not for the Place

"The night of the Last Supper the Apostles were quarreling. as to who would have first place at table among themselves. Our Blessed Lord then got down on his knees, washed their feet and 
wiped them with a towel. How few there are whoever fight for the towel."  
--Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen

Our thoughts today:

 We anticipate Holy Thursday this year as sinners who more often fight for power, posession, position, distractions, fascinations and attractions rather than fighting for the towel of Christ's humiliation, betrayal, denial, abandonment, suffering and crucifixion.

  • How much more could we serve our Risen Lord if we would respond to others by reaching for their feet instead of reacting with our own self-absorption?
  • How much more could we reflect the True Light of The Church if we would respond to our corner of the world by kneeling at its feet instead of showing our fists?
  • How much more could we redeem our society by carrying the towel of Christ's mercy and peace, forgiveness and love to the ones who we think are inferior to our position at the Table?
  • How much more could we incarnate Christ by kneeling and serving others with a fetched towel rather then fetching fears and pride as we compare ourselves to others?  
   We opened this season of Lent by offering ourselves to the Church as our priests crossed our forehead with ashes to remind us of our humanity--that we are but dust and to dust we will return. We've humbled ourselves with the penance of fasting as we walk the desert of Lent, preparing to walk with him in his His Passion for us! We cross our foreheads so that his Word will be the towel our spirits carry, so that his humility will wash and purify our souls. We cross our lips so that our tongue will speak his mercy, grace and love, so that our speech would cleanse our corner of the world with the hope of the Gospel. And we cross our hearts so that our Triune God will strengthen our heart, our very being, to bear his Cross to the world.
   If we do these actions because of our Catholic Christian Faith, then shouldn't we kneel to wash the feet of those we quarrel against in our drive for recognition and power.  Should we not allow the Lord to wipe away the "desires of the flesh, the desires of the eyes, the pride of riches" (I John 2:16) that keep us absorbed with our SELVES.

   Father, humble us as you are humble. Fill us with mercy as you are mercy. Fill us with grace as you are grace. May we love with the towel of your Love.  In the name of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, it is now and ever shall be. Amen


1 comment:

  1. I've just finished reading and listening to apps. that have caused me to reflect on the significance of Maundy Thursday. I came across your blog post and I appreciate the questions you proposed above for further consideration this day.