“Before the feast of Passover, Jesus realized that the hour had come for him to pass from this world to the Father. He had loved his own in this world, and would show his love for them to the end….Jesus—fully aware that he had come from God and was going to God, the Father who had handed everything over to him – rose from the meal and took off his cloak. He picked up a towel and tied it around himself. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet and dry them with the towel he had around him….After he had washed their feet, he put his cloak back on and reclined at table once more. He said to them: Do you understand what I just did for you? You address me as Teacher and Lord and fittingly enough, for that is what I am. But if I washed your feet – I who am Teacher and Lord – then you must wash each other’s feet. What I just did was to give you an example: As I have done, so you must do.” John 13:1-17
On this day in Holy Week, it is salutary for us in recovery to reflect on the above scripture. Ponder it slowly, over and over again. Once it has seeped into your being, ask The Lord just who you should be serving. Is it a recent dropout from AA? Is it the sick person next door? Is it a person you know in jail? Then take action as you will have the interior strength to help another person.
These thoughts offered by Brother Richard Hittle, S.J., a grateful 1980 graduate of Guest House and an employee since 2004.