HOMILY FOR THURSDAY OF THE 4TH WEEK OF EASTER
THEME: No servant is greater than his master.
BY: Fr. Diotacious Chikontwe SMA
HOMILY FOR THURSDAY MAY 12 2022
*READINGS OF THE DAY*
The saying of Jesus in today’s gospel reading, ‘No servant is greater than his master’ is found in more than one setting in the gospel and it’s setting determines its meaning.
*ABOUT OUR GOSPEL READING*
In our gospel reading, Jesus said those words just after he washed the feet of his disciples. He was saying to his disciples, that if he, the master, washed their feet, they must wash each other’s feet’. Jesus washed the feet of his disciples so as to send them out to love others as he has loved them.
*WHAT DO WE LEARN FROM TODAYS GOSPEL READING?*
Whenever we seek to be true to that identity Jesus is talking about, we become the Lord’s ambassadors. He identifies with us in a very personal way, such that those who welcome us welcome him. It is a sobering thought that the Lord wants each one of us to be his personal presence to others. In receiving the Lord’s love into our lives and sharing it with others, we become the Lord’s presence to others. There is no higher calling than this.
Jesus suggests that we serve his work best by remaining in his love, opening ourselves to the gift of his love, ‘As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you’. If we open ourselves to the Lord’s love we will begin to experience the Lord’s own joy.
May you have a Blessed Thursday!
Fr. Diotacious Chikontwe SMA