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November 12, 2019
St. Josephat

Dear Family of Mary!

“…My children, read the book of the Gospel. It is always something new, it is what binds you to my Son who was born to bring the words of life to all of my children and to sacrifice Himself for all…” (November 2, 2019)

Our Lady instructs us to spend time daily with the Scriptures. Even just reading a verse a day can change our lives. And so many times, a verse we have heard many times will suddenly take on a deeper, living meaning for us. God’s word is living!!

Take for example the Gospel for today. Jesus tells us:

Jesus said to the Apostles: “Who among you would say to your servant who has just come in from plowing or tending sheep in the field, ‘Come here immediately and take your place at table’? Would he not rather say to him, ‘Prepare something for me to eat. Put on your apron and wait on me while I eat and drink. You may eat and drink when I am finished’? Is he grateful to that servant because he did what was commanded? So, should it be with you. When you have done all you have been commanded, say, ‘We are unprofitable servants; we have done what we were obliged to do.'” (Lk 17:7-10)

Well, of course this scripture teaches us about the right order between us and God. We are only unprofitable servants. We can’t even get our own little jobs right!! But as I read these words, I suddenly had a picture in my mind of another dinner table.

Before the feast of Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to pass from this world to the Father. He loved his own in the world and he loved them to the end. The devil had already induced Judas, son of Simon the Iscariot, to hand him over. So, during supper, fully aware that the Father had put everything into his power and that he had come from God and was returning to God, he rose from supper and took off his outer garments. He took a towel and tied it around his waist. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and dry them with the towel around his waist.

He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Master, are you going to wash my feet?” Jesus answered and said to him, “What I am doing, you do not understand now, but you will understand later.” Peter said to him, “You will never wash my feet.” Jesus answered him, “Unless I wash you, you will have no inheritance with me.” Simon Peter said to him, “Master, then not only my feet, but my hands and head as well.” Jesus said to him, “Whoever has bathed has no need except to have his feet washed, for he is clean all over; so you are clean, but not all.” For he knew who would betray him; for this reason, he said, “Not all of you are clean.”

So, when he had washed their feet [and] put his garments back on and reclined at table again, 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. Amen, amen, I say to you, no slave is greater than his master nor any messenger greater than the one who sent him. If you understand this, blessed are you if you do it. (John 13:1-16)


We see here that Jesus spoke the truth to the Apostles in the reading from Luke, but he acted out an even deeper truth at the Last Supper according to John. Jesus’ love is so much more than we will ever understand. But we will experience it, in part here on earth and in full in Heaven.

Indeed, Scripture is always new!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
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