‘Without love the Church cannot move or grow’ In his homily at Mass in the Casa Santa Marta on Thursday morning, Pope Francis recalls the Last Supper, in which Jesus teaches love in the Eucharist and service in the washing of the feet.
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Pope Francis at Mass on Thursday said no servant is greater than the master, reminding the faithful that Jesus left us an example of service and love at the Last Supper. He was reflecting in his homily on the day’s Gospel, which contains Jesus’ words after the washing of the feet at the Last Supper (Jn 13:16-20). He said it contains three foundational truths for the Church: Jesus teaches us love through the Eucharist, he teaches us service in the washing of the disciples’ feet, and says no servant is greater than his master.
Pope Francis said Jesus makes two “institutional gestures” at the Last Supper.
The first commandment is love. The Pope said it is no longer “love your neighbor as yourself”, because Jesus takes a step further, saying “love one another as I have loved you.” “Love is without limits. Without it, the Church cannot move forward; the Church cannot breathe. Without love, she cannot grow, and is transformed into an empty institution, made up of appearances and actions without fecundity. In his bodily actions, Jesus tells us how we should love, that is, until the end.”