UST Parish Priest Fr. Paul Talavera, O.P. washes the foot of a lay minister during the Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper on Thursday, April 6, at the Plaza Mayor. (Photo by Jana Francesca D. Yao/ The Varsitarian)

LAY PEOPLE should be actively engaged in the Church as an act of service, UST Parish Priest Fr. Paul Talavera, O.P. said during the Eucharistic celebration of the Lord’s Supper on Maundy Thursday, April 6, at the Plaza Mayor. 

In his homily, Talavera said lay people must view Jesus Christ as their role model, especially when he washed the feet of the 12 Apostles during the Last Supper. 

Ano ang ibig sabihin nitong paghuhugas ng paa na ito? Para sa atin, we can simply translate it as service,” he said.

Being of service to others, however, should not be conditional because it is rooted in love, Talavera noted.

Kung tayo ay nalilito pa rin ngayon kung ano’ng mga rason bakit kailangan nating mag-serbisyo, maglingkod para sa ating kapwa, tingnan natin si Hesus sa Krus, si Kristo na nakabayubay sa krus,” he said.

Dominicans, led by Talavera, washed the feet of lay ministers and members of the Knights of Columbus. 

The Blessed Sacrament was brought in procession to the altar of repose at Santisimo Rosario Parish Church after the Mass. 

The washing of feet is a ritual observed every Maundy Thursday, showing Jesus’ humility one day before His death on the cross. Allyssa Mae C. Cruz


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