Holy Thursday | The Power of Community

BY JAMAL ADAMS | April 18, 2019
Holy Thursday
Today’s Readings

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’” – Martin Luther King Jr.

In today’s Gospel, as Jesus was washing the feet of the disciplines, he said to them, “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.” (John 13:1-15)

The core of our Jesuit and greater Catholic mission is to be of service to others, particularly the marginalized and oppressed. We are called beyond acts of charity, but to walk to the margins and stand in solidarity with those who feel like outsiders. It is in these actions that we will build an inclusive community that, at its core, respects the humanity of everyone who surrounds us, from our dearest neighbor or the stranger who has walked into our lives unexpectedly. As Father Greg Boyle, S.J., of Homeboy Industries has stated, “It is connection and kinship that ultimately heals people.”

My prayer as we end this Lenten season is that our hearts, minds, and actions are filled with the spirit of advocacy and agency for all our brothers and sisters so that everyone that we encounter can feel the power of community.

2 replies
  1. George Bur
    George Bur says:

    Thanks, Jamal. You nailed it! Where would we be if the followers of Jesus had scattered after his death? They stuck together believing in the promises of Jesus that he would return again. And he does in men and women like you and the others who have contributed to this series of reflections.


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