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The Holy Thursday gospel made Jesus sound a bit salty, “No one who has taken a bath needs washing, he is clean all over. You too are clean, though not all of you are.’ He knew who was going to betray him, that was why he said, ‘though not all of you are.’Although not all of you.”

Goes to show that Jesus really is human. It made me think , “I wonder how Jesus felt when He was washing Judas’ feet?” “Ugh this guy.” “Ugh he should be washing my blood he’s going to cause.” “Ugh his feet are soooo dirty” But Jesus probably only thought loving thoughts. It’s just so crazy how much Jesus loves us!

Even going back to the first reading of the night, the first Passover. The Israelites had to choose an animal without blemish (the Jews/ God chose Jesus). Some of the blood of the animal must then be taken and put on the two doorposts  where it is eaten (Jesus’ blood is there to covers all of us). The Lord passed over all the house with blood on the doorpost and saved the people from death (us!).

Notice how the Lord always asks His people to do something first. Go wash yourself, put blood on your doorpost, take off your sandals… He could easily do things without the cooperation of people. But He wanted the joyful cooperation of people. Co-creators, co-workers, co-redeemers.

So that’s why we have to first repent. His blood is available for us to put on the doorway of our hearts, but we have to take the first step. I was lucky to be able to go to Reconciliation on Good Friday. When I was saying the Act of Contrition, I felt like I had the nails and hammer in my hands. (On another note, I really like calling it Reconciliation rather than Confession, because Reconciliation sounds more like you will take action after confessing)

Lastly, imagine what happened if Jesus saved Himself instead of taking it all. Or if his many followers stood up to the Jewish authorities. Or if Pilate wasn’t such a wuss. What would happen then? Would Jesus just go home to His mum and continue to live? It would be mad anti-climatic. This was actually the way things were supposed to happen. You couldn’t go back from this. So what Jesus is telling us is that He can make beauty from the ugliest of things. Cowardice, betrayal, jealousy, fear, sheer dumb luck (Barabbas). There is nothing we can do that can’t be transformed into something beautiful by God.



Written by Candice

March 28, 2016 at 9:45 am

Posted in Believe., Uncategorized

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