“I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you.”
—1 Corinthians 11:23
Saint Francis was absolutely devoted to the Eucharist. It’s one of the reasons he was so concerned about rebuilding and cleaning local churches, making them suitable homes for the Eucharist. Today’s Gospel account of Jesus washing the disciples’ feet offers an antidote to the problems our human Church encounters. Francis takes this to heart in his Admonitions when he says: “I did not come to be served but to serve (Matthew 20:28), our Lord tells us. Those who are put in charge of others should be no prouder of their office than if they had been appointed to wash the feet of their confreres.”
Pray with Saint Francis
Of you, Most High, he bears the likeness. Amen.