Lent calendar prayer and reflection for 18 April - Maundy Thursday

Francis Bepari stands in his office in front of shelves full of files

Francis Bepari in his office at Caritas Bangladesh

“If I, then, the Lord and Master, have washed your feet, you should wash each other’s feet.” 

John 13:1-15

Jesus used his own actions to teach us important lessons. To show his love, Jesus washed the feet of his disciples.  

Jesus loved his disciples and he loves us too. We are his own. We belong to him. We are sinners, yet Christ owns and loves us.  

He gives us an example of wonderful humility. He is God, yet he became man. He is almighty, yet he was born in the weakness of a human being. He is immortal, yet he died upon the cross. He is the master, yet he washed the disciples’ feet. 

Like the disciples, we are called to follow his lesson in humility. We are not to be puffed up with pride whatever our perceived status in society. We are called to serve one another. 

Today on Maundy Thursday, we are called not just to wash feet, but to wash our own hearts in love. In humility, we wash sin from our hearts, so that we join in love with Christ our Lord.  

This reflection is by Francis Bepari, who works for Caritas Bangladesh in the Barisal region where Mahinur and others featured in this calendar live. This region is one of the worst affected by climate change in Bangladesh. 

Maundy Thursday prayer

Christ Jesus, you call us to walk humbly with you and to serve one another in love. Inspired by your example may we reach out to one another, tending to one another’s needs. Amen. 

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