The Washing of the Disciples’ Feet

April 14, 2022


Sunday Scripture Readings

EX 12:1-8, 11-14 PS 116:12-13, 15-16bc, 17-18 1 Cor 11:23-26

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Jn 13:1-15

Holy Thursday–Mass of the Lord’s Supper

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."


meet our extended family

Bl. Michael McGivney (Feast Day August 14)

August 12, 1852-August 14,1890

Born to Irish immigrant parents, Michael was the oldest of thirteen children. Sadly, six of Michael’s siblings died as babies or in childhood. He grew up in Connecticut, where his father worked at a brass mill. At the age of 16, Michael entered seminary, but had to return home to care for his siblings when his father died. He was able to resume his studies and was finally ordained a priest in 1877.

Suffering the loss of his father and the financial strain it put on his family, Fr. McGivney understood the struggle of immigrant families and the devastation of losing one’s father and wage earner unexpectedly. His experience led him to establish the Knights of Columbus. The Knights became a fraternal organization dedicated to offering financial assistance in the event of a man’s death to assist widows, families, and orphans. Today, there are over 1.9 million members world-wide with many different initiatives to help those in need.

Fr. McGivney died at the age of 38 from pneumonia. On October 31, 2020, Fr. McGivney was beatified in Hartford, Connecticut with Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin (a native of Metro Detroit) presiding on the Pope's behalf. The miracle attributed to Fr. McGivney was the miraculous healing of Mikey Schachle, who received a fatal diagnosis while still in the womb. Mikey and his family were in attendance at the beatification.


Take time to chat

•In addition to what we heard in today’s Gospel story, what else happened at the Last Supper?

•On Holy Thursday, we celebrate the institution of the priesthood. Why is it fitting to celebrate the priesthood on this day?

•Before the Last Supper, Jesus washed the feet of the disciples. Why do you think the disciples were surprised at this action?

•Blessed Michael McGivney saw a need to serve those in need. Who is in need in your community? How can you help them in the weeks ahead?


Recipe of the week

Slow Cooker Pot Roast

After Jesus’ arrest and trial, he was imprisoned until the next day. Time must have passed by slowly for him that night. Think about Jesus as this meal is slowly cooked and prepared.

2-3 tsp olive oil or butter

Salt and pepper

2-3 onions, peeled and halved

Baby carrots

2-3 potatoes, peeled and cut in quarters

2-3 cloves of garlic, chopped

1 can beef broth

3-pound roast

Heat skillet over medium heat. Add olive oil or butter. Salt and pepper the roast, being more generous with the pepper than the salt. Once the oil is hot, brown 1 side of the onion and then the other. Remove from heat. Brown carrots for 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Sear all sides of the meat for about 1 to 2 minutes until brown. Add the garlic, potatoes, onions, carrots, and meat into the crock pot. Pour a can of beef broth on top. Cook on low all day or on high for 3 to 4 hours.


Family Fun

Stepping Stones

On Holy Thursday before his arrest, Jesus went to the Garden of Gethsemane and prayed on a section of bedrock in the garden. Create stepping stones for your yard or garden recalling Jesus’ love and sacrifice for you.

There are several ways to create stepping stones. DIY kits can be purchased at craft stores. Alternatively, you can purchase wood discs or find large flat stones. Write a message or paint a picture on the surface that reminds you of Jesus’ love for us. You can use paint pens or sharpies. If you don’t have stepping stones, consider decorating a terracotta pot.


Other Ideas


Family Prayer

Tantum Ergo

Tantum Ergo pays homage to our Lord both in the Eucharist and in His glory in the Trinity. It is the last two stanzas from the Eucharistic Hymn (Pange Lingua) composed by St. Thomas Aquinas and is used at Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. This prayer is sung (in English or Latin)on Holy Thursday as the Eucharist is processed to the Altar of Repose. A partial indulgence is granted to the faithful who recite it and a plenary indulgence is granted to those who recite it on Holy Thursday or Corpus Christi. Find the song on YouTube or where you stream music and follow along with the words to pray this prayer.

Down in adoration falling, Lo! the sacred Host we hail, Lo! oe’r ancient forms departing Newer rites of grace prevail; Faith for all defects supplying, where the feeble senses fail.

To the everlasting Father, And the Son Who reigns on high With the Holy Spirit proceeding forth from each eternally, be salvation, honor, blessing, might and endless majesty. Amen.

Liturgy Link

Liga a la Liturgia

The Oil of the Sick, the Oil of the Catechumens, and the Sacred Chrism are received at Mass on Holy Thursday and placed in the ambry. Find the ambry in your church.

Unleashing the Gospel in your Family

Haz Llegar el Evangelioen tu Familia

Imitate Christ by washing each other’s feet. Have someone sit in a chair and put their feet in a large bowl. Pour warm water over their feet and dry them with a towel. Have each person take a turn.

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Fun Facts!

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Each year, on or near Holy Thursday, each diocese in the world celebrates the Chrism Mass. The oils mentioned in the Liturgy Link are all blessed at this Mass and sent to parishes to use throughout the year for different sacraments. At this Mass, priests also renew their vows to the priesthood with their bishop.

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