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holy thursday

Happy Holy Thursday

When we taught the littlest ones about the Catholic faith in the Atrium, we showed them how to prepare the chalice for the table.

They learned how to pour the wine (empty the cruet).
They learned how to pour the water (just a drop).
They learned that Jesus is the wine.
They learned that we are the water.
They learned that once together, nothing can separate us from the love of Jesus.

Once together, nothing can separate us from the love of Jesus. Jesus gave us the Last Supper to remind us of this love and to send forth his disciples to continue sharing that love with the world.

But before they even ate, Jesus stopped everything and spent some of his final precious moments on earth doing the work of a servant. His actions utterly confused the disciples. Leaders were meant to lead and be served, not to serve, but Jesus took those few precious moments to flip society’s idea of leadership upside down.

Unlike the disciples, we understand, now, what he meant. People who serve are the best leaders. People who care are the best leaders. People who love are the best leaders.

People need us to be leaders right now.

Our children need us. We are hurting, but so are they. Hold them close. Pay Attention. Share the pain.

Our friends need us. We are desperate for joyful moments and so are they. Reach out through call or text. Laugh together.

Our spouses need us. We are feeling the pressure and so are they. Paychecks are diminishing for some while work expectations remain high despite the household chaos for others. Talk.

Our greater community needs us. We are lonely and so are they. The forgotten people are still there, hopeful for help in the moment they most need it. Donate if you can.

Jesus is there for us and always will be. Let’s be there for others.

I have given you a model to follow, so that as I have done for you, you should also do.

John 13:15

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