Holy Thursday Reflection

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Today’s reflection was written by Mary Joy Hurlburt, President of St. Mary’s Ryken High School in Leonardtown, Maryland.

“I have given you a model to follow.”

[John 13:15]

“I have given you a model to follow.” Those are Jesus’ words to His apostles after He washed and dried their feet during the Last Supper.

The apostles witnessed their master and teacher ministering to them with compassion and humility. Christ’s actions and subsequent message are powerfully combined to remind and challenge us that if we are to be ministers of His Gospel we are called to love and to serve one another, as He Himself served. Jesus purposely chose His apostles for their individual strengths and weaknesses, recognizing that as they ministered together as community they would, following His example of service, evangelize the Gospel mission of love, humility and compassion. Our Xaverian values.

Our challenge, therefore, is to model Jesus actions and words within our Xaverian communities. How can we shed ourselves of our weaknesses which prevent us from serving one another? Our prayer this Holy Thursday is to open our hearts to the strengths that God has given us to accept the mission that we have been called to in our Xaverian Community.


Recommended exercise

Allow yourself some quiet time today to walk and meditate on Christ’s words: “I have given you a model”. How can you allow Jesus to work through your strengths, your actions, interactions and conversations to model Christ’s message of being servant to others.

Our Founder’s vision was to put “individual gifts at the service of community.” Who has helped you discover your gifts of service? Today, raise those persons up in prayer.



God of Light and of Life, you have given us The Way by sending Creation your only Son. May we who follow His passion and death experience His resurrection and allow it to gift us with the energy, compassion, and wisdom to follow Jesus Christ’s Mission. We ask this in the name of Jesus, Your Son and our brother. Amen.


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