Lent calendar prayer and reflection for 29 March - Maundy Thursday

Sister Constancia in Zimbabwe CAFOD Lent

Sister Constancia shares a reflection for Maundy Thursday: “We are called to love each other, just as Jesus had done.”

I have given you an example so that you may copy what I have done to you.

John 13:1-15

By washing feet, our Lord Jesus Christ wanted to show his disciples that you have to wash each other’s feet, meaning that you have to love each other totally. We are called to love each other, just as he had done.

So, whenever I read this reading in connection with our work in Caritas – Caritas, which means love – whenever we are implementing our programmes in Caritas, we always think of this passage that we have to give ourselves totally to the poor. We can share with them the love of Christ.

These are the words which our Lord commanded to these disciples before he died. The love, the humility, which Jesus had, always reminds me to let us forget ourselves. There shouldn’t be any difference between us and the people we are serving. We help them, that they will gain dignity. Just like our Lord did.

So that is really the commandment which our Lord left to his disciples; wash each other’s feet, love each other. And be with the poor, welcome them. So, we try by all means to welcome each person and give them the dignity they deserve. Thank you.

Lent prayer

God of all humility, teach us to wash each other’s feet, and anoint each other with dignity. Amen.


Download our Holy Week prayers. You may like to use the Eucharist prayer during the adoration of the Blessed Sacrament this evening. 

Today’s reflection was offered by Sister Constancia, who works with our partner Caritas Gokwe in Zimbabwe.

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