Lent calendar prayer and reflection for 13 April - Maundy Thursday

Sister Yvonne outside her church in Zambia

Sister Yvonne outside her church in Zambia.

If I, then, the Lord and Master, have washed your feet, you should wash each other’s feet. I have given you an example so that you may copy what I have done to you.

John 13: 1-15

Sister Yvonne Mwalula lives and works in Mbala, in the northern province of Zambia. She belongs to the congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary. The Sisters used to run a hospital and school, but with the advent of HIV and AIDS they felt called to reach out to those who never came to the hospital because of the stigma attached to their illness.

Sister Yvonne continues to be inspired by the founder of her order, Father Victor Braun, who urged the first Sisters to “go to places that nobody wants to go. You do what others don’t want to do, especially if it is for the poor and the most vulnerable of your community.”

The Sisters continue to live out this charism day by day by going to the remote areas of the district, by seeking out those who may be forgotten or marginalised, metaphorically washing the feet of all those they meet, bringing Christ’s love and hope with them.

Maundy Thursday prayer

God of all humility, you who washed your disciples’ feet at the Last Supper, inspire us always to wash one another’s feet, and to seek out those seemingly without hope. Amen.

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This reflection was written by Susy Brouard from CAFOD’s Theology Programme.

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