Daily Lenten Reflections by our University Community

lenten reflections

Daily reflections for the Season of Lent have been contributed by faculty, staff, students and friends of the Villanova community. It is our hope that these reflections will call each of us to a fuller spiritual life.

Scripture readings for the day are linked each page of the electronic version of this publication, which appears on the Mission & Ministry homepage.

A small number of printed copies of these reflections are available in the Church on Ash Wednesday, from the offices of Mission & Ministry located in Corr Hall and Campus Ministry located in St. Rita Hall.

This project is managed for the Office of Mission and Ministry by Dr. Christopher M. Janosik, Director of Planning and Research. For more information, contact him at: christopher.janosik@villanova.edu.

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Lenten Reflections

Today?s Gospel contains some of my favorite lines from all of Scripture: ?So, during supper, fully aware that the Father had put everything into his power?he rose?and?he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples? feet?? Here, St. John presents us with a penetrating insight into Jesus? love for us. In some of the final hours of his life, this is the message that the Son of God wants to give.

It was only a few years ago when these particular verses really hit me. The absurdity of it was what really struck me. If I had one night left to live and had ?everything in my power,? then I wouldn?t be washing feet. At first, I thought that I would do my best to ?Live like I was Dyin?? a la Tim McGraw. Then I realized that I would really just use my power to summon all of my loved ones so we could be together one last time.

This is, of course, what Jesus did. Power was not his to use, though. It was the medium for showing the absurdity of God?s love for us. Jesus answered the question ?What would I do if I knew that I had one night to live?? with ?I want you to know how much I love you.? This is why he gives us the Eucharist and why John ties it in with feet washing: that we may live our lives in imitation of the love that takes itself to Calvary.

Randy Pausch, former computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon University, delivered his ?Last Lecture?, giving life advice through sharing the most important lessons that he learned throughout his life. He hoped that his daughters could know him after his fight with pancreatic cancer was over. As the model of that kind of longing-to-stay-with-you love, Jesus says to us at the supper table on Holy Thursday: ?Do this in remembrance of me.?

Mat Verghese
Campus Ministry

Readings: Ex. 12:1-8, 11-14; Ps. 116: 12-13, 15-16BC, 17-18; 1 Cor. 11:23-26; Jn 13:1-15.