Saturday, April 7, 2012

BIS #2891 JESUS CAME TO SERVE, NOT TO BE SERVED

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JESUS CAME TO SERVE, NOT TO BE SERVED

Alex D'Mello  

BORIVLI, APRIL 07, 2012: On Maundy Thursday when we commemorate the institution of the Eucharist and the priesthood we also celebrate the humility and love of Jesus who has become the ultimate symbol of humility and sacrifice. Jesus came into this world not to be served but to serve. He lived among us. He obeyed the law of the land even though his Kingdom does not belong to this world. He left his ultimate stamp of humility by washing the feet of his disciples.
 
Following the commands of our Savior, for us at Borivli, Maundy Thursday was a real celebration of love and humility of Jesus. The Parish community had chosen twelve apostles from the most humble category of humans who have been following the commands of Jesus in letter and spirit ever since they left their worldly belongings in the service of the Lord and humanity. Ten Brothers from Mother Theresa's Shantidaan and two workers from Bosco Boys' Home were the chosen ones. They are the ones who fully follow the commandments of Jesus in rendering service to the humanity in humility. 

 

Fr. Anthony Santarita, Rector of Bosco Boys' Home was the main celebrant of the Holy Eucharist. During his homily he drew parallels between the services rendered by industry and the ministry of Jesus. He said the quality of the service depends on the quality of the person who serves. Some render lip service, some paid service, some barter service, some silent service, some noisy service and the last category render out-standing service by standing outside and criticizing to those who render selfless service in the ministry of the church. On the institution of the priesthood he said that the church of Jesus is an imperfect church. The apostles were not perfect, so also our priests. Priests are also human beings like all of us. They have not fallen from heaven; each one is unique with varied talents. The problem arises when we compare one priest with another. In case we want a perfect priest we have to produce a perfect one in our family first, thus setting an example for others to follow like Jesus. After the service we moved to the hall, where the Blessed Sacrament was placed on a tastefully decorated altar to enable us to spend moments of silent adoration and prayer.


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