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The kids, Rod and I were discussing the events that we celebrate on Holy Thursday. As the conversation turned to the washing of the feet, my son was a bit confused and wondered why the Apostles were surprised that Jesus would choose to serve them. "How come I am not surprised?"
I couldn't help but smile. His question was a good one! We talked about how we, as Christians today, know the complete story and understand how Jesus came to serve.
In Jesus' words that amazing night: "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 13:12-16
But back then, of course, the Jewish understanding of the Savior was widely understood to be a 'King of Kings', calling for all believers to serve Him, not the other way around.
Today we understand that we are most certainly called to serve Him, but ironically, the best way to do that is to serve others that He has put in our path. Pretty neat God we have, huh?
I then considered Holy Thursday Mass even further. Jesus had already hit the Apostles hard with His claims about the Eucharist before the meeting of the Last Supper. His followers diminished quite rapidly when they realized that He was not just relating the bread and wine in symbolic form to Himself. The reality that He was asking them to eat of His true flesh and blood was just too much for many of them, so off they went, many disheartened and disappointed.
The Apostles stayed with him, as we know, and were given the greatest gift imaginable that holy evening.
Incredibly, two extremely important truths of heaven were revealed to humanity in new ways that very holy night: Jesus' call to servitude and the reality of His Body and Blood in the Bread and Wine.
What must those present have been thinking? And I can only imagine all of heaven watching in reverence as heaven touched earth in these new ways, both on a spiritual and physical realm.
What an awesome moment in time.
I hope that as you are able to enter into this amazing Triduum, that God continues to reveal Himself to You in ways that will bring you closer to Him.
There are so many ways to celebrate! Our family does many things on Good Friday, especially. At noon, we all enter into a period of silence (Well, with kids it's more like a semi-silence!). We do crafts (you can check our Kid Korner Printables page for free things to help!), make Lego scenes, listen to the wonderful version of the Stations done by Holy Heroes, color our Easter eggs, fill eggs to give away, and pray, all in a spirit of silence. We end by joining the choir for the Good Friday service (And yes, it is a service! I know that many understandably think it's a Mass, so I thought I would make that clear.).
It is such a beautiful family time. It's one of those few days of the year when everyone in the family is completely on board with giving up their day to God. It is a very rich day, indeed.
As one of our crafts, we sometimes bake. Below is an example of one of our family traditions: Easter Bread! Although we can't complete making this bread during our "silent" time, this is a family favorite! Our budding young chef, Jocelyn, has put together this video to show us how to get it done.
May God bless you during this incredible time of sharing in His Passion!
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