Read: Read John 13:1-7, Washing of the Feet.
(June 2018 HH Topic)
The following text was taken from the message of the CBCP during the Year of the Family and the Eucharist:We are invited to kneel down to bring renewal to the family. We kneel to serve like the Lord. We envision every Filipino Catholic family to be missionary disciples of the Eucharist. Jesus got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet. (John 13:4)
Let us kneel again at home for family prayer and for feet washing. Where love and service prevail instead of pride and grudge keeping; where the humility of pardon and being pardoned prevails over revenge and bitter resentments; where siblings wash one another’s feet and parents do the same; where the culture of family kneeling is present, the dream of renewal in family life will not be far from sight.
The family that prays together stays together. The family that kneels together will be refreshed and renewed together. The family that kneels together will remain young and fresh and new. Kneeling empowers families to stand up against the storms of life. Kneeling is strength.
As it is with the family, so it is with the Church and her pastors. The Church is not ours. The Church is Christ’s. We who are only stewards, not master builders, must return to the spiritual value of kneeling for prayer and stooping for feet washing. The mandate the Lord gave on Holy Thursday to “Do as I have done” is a daily obligation we must fulfill with humility, with joy, with faith, with love.
We devote our time attending households and assemblies and even go to missions aside from spending most of our time working. All of these are good and pleasing to God. But we tend to forget to really spend time with our family – to pray with them, to love them, to be of service to them. Our family is our first community. Let us be Jesus to our family. Let us help in the renewal of family life especially in our world today. Let us invite them to pray with us. Let us encourage them to receive Jesus together through the Eucharist. We know how it is to live a happy life with Jesus. It is meant for us to bring this happy life with Jesus to our family.
How can you show your love to your family? Share 3 concrete ways as a start.When was the last time that you really prayed for your family?