Today is a day of LOVE, especially of Our Lord at the Last Supper, when He washes the feet of His Apostles, institutes the Sacrament of Holy Orders and the Sacrament of the Eucharist.
Peter is embarrassed to have Jesus wash his feet. But the Lord, tells Peter, \”What I am doing you do not know now, but afterward you will understand.\” Our guide this Lent, St. Thomas Aquinas, reflects upon this sentence. [The words in red are ours.]
In (v 7), we see the words of Christ, which show that this action is a mystery. Christ said to Peter: What I am doing you do not know now, but afterward you will understand. This action is both an example and a mystery. It is an example of humility to be practiced: \”For I have given you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you\” (v 15) And it is a mystery because it signifies an interior cleansing: \”He who has bathed does not need to wash, except for his feet\” (v 10).
So what Christ said can be understood in 2 ways.
In one way, What I am doing you do not know now, that is, you do not now understand that what I am doing is an example; but afterward you will understand, when he explained it to them saying: \”Do you know what I have done to you?\” (v 12).
In another way, What I am doing you do not know now; that is to say, this is a mystery and something hidden, and it signifies an interior cleansing which only I can accomplish, and which you do not understand now, but afterward you will understand, when you receive the Holy Spirit: \”I have yet many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth\” (16:12).
Today, Jesus gives us an example of humility and selfless charity. He also gives us HIMSELF.
\”Jesus is fully present in every Catholic church around the world… He is fully present, and He patiently waits and hopes for us to arrive for a heartfelt visit.\”
H.T: Fr. Michael Sliney, LC at Lifezette.com