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The Kindness Of Serving

06/04/2012

Passover Seder 013Today, for the Christian world, was Holy Thursday – a commemoration of the night Jesus celebrated Passover with his disciples the night before he was crucified.  I decided to attend mass at the original Italian parish in Denver.  The church is beautiful, the neighborhood a little worn, and definitely changed since 100 years ago when Mother Cabrini was instrumental in serving the Italian immigrants here.  It was a beautiful night of reflection, where the reading was from the Gospel of John*: the account of Jesus washing the feet of his disciples as a model of serving others.  The celebrant of the mass discussed how Bishop Fulton Sheen made a comment to the affect that for all Jesus showed us as a model for servanthood, it was hard to find many who fought over the towel to wipe others’ feet.  (That’s somewhat paraphrased, but you get the idea.)  It made me think about how true that really is, for any of us.  How often do we put others first?  How often do we put our own desires aside for the sake of someone else?  In today’s world that is indeed hard to find, unless one is in a “serving” vocation – like minister or priest, nurse, doctor, and so on.  Wouldn’t it be nice to find others who are willing sometimes to “wash another’s feet”?

At the end of the mass, there was a procession by the celebrants and servers through the church.  This procession wound up and down the aisles, and at the last round, the doors at the back of the church opened.  Another group of priests and servers joined the procession.  Behind them was a large group of parishioners that proceeded to fill the pews.  I realized then, that it was the Latino parish a few blocks away that had joined in.  My smile got a little wider and my eyes filled with tears.  What a beautiful demonstration of unity and serving.

During this time of Holy Week and Passover, I hope you can find ways to serve that you hadn’t thought of before.  I hope you find others serving you as well.   Be blessed and be a blessing!

*If you would like to read this account, it is in the Gospel of John, Chapter 13.

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3 comments

  1. Thank you for sharing your experience…what a great demonstration of unity by joining the two groups together in the service. Thanks also for the challenge to find ways to serve, to “pick up the towel.”


  2. Thanks so much for sharing. I’ve been avoiding the serving I know I need to do for several weeks now. I guess today is the day to do it.

    Thanks for dropping by my blog 🙂


    • Not always easy, but when you know it is the right thing to do it becomes easier somehow. Glad I could help! 🙂



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