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PRAYER / Lenten Reflection 2005

Holy Thursday, March 24, 2005

How providential that on this feast this year we also celebrate the martyrdom of Archbishop Oscar Romero. After being converted by the poor to the poor, he was a bishop who washed feet, was not afraid of the stink of the slums, nor the grime of greed. "Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end," characterizes Jesusí love. It can also be applied to the bishop who "lay down his life" on behalf of justice for his people. Our response is sung in the Psalm, 116: "Our blessing cup is communion with the blood of Christ." As children we mingled blood to signify our friendship; now we take the "cup of salvation" and mingle our very selves with the blood of Christ and those who follow him to death.

Keep your eyes fixed on Jesus who wants to wash your feet today. How do you feel about that intimacy? Only then -- Whose feet will you wash today? How will you serve?

Please, God, let us give and not count the cost, let us love no matter the outcome. We ask this in the name of him who emptied himself, still kneels before us, still is our servant.

Contributor: Sister Rea McDonnell

Last updated: Friday, 18 March, 2005 10:55 PM

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