by Jana Burns, MSW, LMSW

He got up from table, removed his outer garments and, taking a towel, wrapped it round his waist; he then poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel he was wearing. He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, ‘Lord, are you going to wash my feet?’ Jesus answered, ‘At the moment you do not know what I am doing, but later you will understand.”Never!’ said Peter. ‘You shall never wash my feet.’ Jesus replied, ‘If I do not wash you, you can have no share with me.’ Simon Peter said, Well then, Lord, not only my feet, but my hands and my head as well!’ Jesus said, ‘No one who has had a bath needs washing, such a person is clean all over. You too are clean, though not all of you are.’ He knew who was going to betray him, and that was why he said, ‘though not all of you are’. When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments again he went back to the table. ‘Do you understand’, he said, ‘what I have done to you? You call me Master and Lord, and rightly; so I am.If I, then, the Lord and Master, have washed your feet, you must wash each other’s feet.”
– John 13: 4-14

Holy Thursday is the start of the Easter Triduum, the holiest days in our Catholic Faith. I personally love how the Triduum begins with Holy Thursday – which is a beautiful, complex and profound example of how Jesus celebrates the institution of the Eucharist, the sacrament of the Priesthood and emphasizes the importance of service.

Jesus’ example of washing of his disciples’ feet left us an example of servant leadership and humility. At St. Michael the Archangel each one of our students completes 25 hours of community service each year with a different agency to practice implementing this teaching that Jesus gave us. Serving others is an important piece of our mission here at SMA and it is amazing to see how our own selfishness, as humans, can change through the act of serving outside of ourselves. I remember thinking in high school that if I wanted to serve I had to go abroad, and my perspective shifted when I began volunteering in my own city and realizing the deep need for compassion and tender care for people in my backyard.

On Holy Thursday our Senior Class presented their last four years of service to a board of staff and faculty members. The seniors dressed up in their professional “best” and worked through their nerves to give a 15-minute presentation about the ways they have served, grown, and learned about the corporal and spiritual works of mercy through their time in high school.
Congratulations to the Class of 2019 and thank you for the gift of your hearts and selves through your servant leadership and humility over the last four years. Now, on to graduation! With gratitude, Jana. Burns

On Holy Thursday our Senior Class presented their last four years of service to a board of staff and faculty members. The seniors dressed up in their professional “best” and worked through their nerves to give a 15-minute presentation about the ways they have served, grown, and learned about the corporal and spiritual works of mercy through their time in high school.

Congratulations to the Class of 2019 and thank you for the gift of your hearts and selves through your servant leadership and humility over the last four years. Now, on to graduation! With gratitude, Jana Burns

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