HOLY THURSDAY - NO GREATER LOVE
The whole world proclaims the
goodness and love of God; but nothing so proclaims it better than
His becoming man. He whose state was Divine assumed the condition of
a slave. This was not a lowering of one's dignity. It was a
manifestation of love. Every act of true Christian humility is an
act of love; a Christian humbles himself because he loves. He does
it for no other reason.
Today, we see Him who feeds
everything under the heavens, the master among slaves, wisdom among
the ignorant, reclining and eating with His disciples. He who feeds
the whole world is Himself receiving sustenance. This is a great
favor of a master to his servants, isn't it?
Moreover, He was not satisfied with
the great favor He showed His servants by sharing a meal with them.
. .though angels stood in dread and reverence around. He rose from
the table, wrapped a towel around His waist and washed the feet of
This was not an affront to His
dignity. It was a demonstration of limitless love.
But the disciples, because of their
humility, were wise. They knew that He who was reclining with them
was no ordinary man; they were eating with a God. And, as Christ
washed their feet, each disciple knew it was a God washing their
feet. It was this thought that made them submit with great fear and
trembling. They dared not oppose their Master.
All the disciples' behaviour was
filled with wisdom. They were thinking men and believing men. But
Peter was also a speaking man; his statement showed he was thinking.
"Lord, You are Creator: I am a creature. You shall not wash my
feet." Peter was thinking right but not understanding right. He
refused because he thought well; he submitted because he loved well.
He refused in the spirit of faith; he gratefully obeyed in the
spirit of love.
This is how we must act; we must
think well but submit always to the will of God. As a human, Peter
reasoned well; but he changed his mind because he loved well.