Holy Thursday Gospel reflection: An apron is a holy thing

Holy Thursday: Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper

He took a towel and tied it around his waist. (John 13:4)

After my mother died we divvied up her things. One thing I wanted badly was one of her aprons. You know the kind: large bib, long strings, and at least one pocket. Now every time I don that apron, I kiss it reverently and say a little prayer for Mom. I also pray that I may serve as generously and as joyfully as she did.

An apron is a holy thing. At the Last Supper Jesus himself donned a makeshift apron when he wrapped a towel around his waist before he washed his disciples’ feet. Aprons are also symbolic. They remind us that serving others is not always neat. Our various forms of loving can get messy at times.

As we commemorate the Last Supper today, let our hearts be filled with gratitude — for the Eucharistic banquet we celebrate, for the people who have served us throughout our life and for all those individuals for whom we don our apron.

Servant Jesus, may I serve the people in my life as generously and graciously as you did.

— Sr. Melannie Svoboda, SND


Exodus 12:1-8, 11-14

Psalm 116:12-13, 15-16BC, 17-18

1 Corinthians 11:23-26

John 13:1-15

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“The Last Supper,” by Juan de Juanes, circa 1562. Photo: Public Domain
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