by Brother Michael Flanigan
In today’s Gospel, Jesus washed the feet of his apostles, and then asked them, “Do you realize what I have done for you?” They didn’t really get it, but what he was showing them was that if you are a leader, you are a servant. Leading IS serving. Even in our political world, which is not religious, we call elected officials “civil servants”.
Can we recognize and accept Jesus’ call to emulate him and be a servant? At Marist College, I run the weekly community service program. Each week, about 300 – 350 students go out to be “of service” in the local community. I have heard many of our students say that they can’t believe it when kids in elementary schools (which we serve at) remember their names. Why do they remember? Because they give of themselves to others, and that makes a difference.
The mystery of these Holy Days is that Jesus has made a difference in our lives, and we are called to make a difference in the lives of others. The resurrection of Jesus happens every day during the year when we do what he asks us to do: make people important, love them, serve them.
Let’s pray that we wash other’s feet… in our compliments to the people we meet, in our interest in them, in our concern for them, in our love for them. Be the resurrected Jesus… be a sister and brother to everyone you meet. Happy Easter!
Brother Michael Flanigan is a campus minister at Marist College.
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