By Tim Wesmiller
Director of Campus Ministry
When students experience Holy Week, it’s sometimes difficult for them to make the connection between Jesus dying on the cross in 33 A.D. and their lives as teenagers today. The two worlds can seem disconnected by culture, time, and circumstance. Our challenge in Catholic education is to tell the passion narrative in a way that connects these two worlds for students to fully embrace the reality of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection as their narrative, their struggle, and their lives.
With that in mind, this Holy Week, the Archbishop Mitty High School community culminated its Lenten experience by focusing on seeing the face of Christ in themselves and those around them. On March 28, the entire school gathered to celebrate Mass in preparation for the Triduum. The theme of the Mass was based on Chris Rice’s song, “The Face of Christ,” which tells a story of a Christian encountering various individuals in the modern world, who are broken, marginalized, and in needing healing. The call of the song is to see the suffering of the marginalized as the suffering of Jesus and to act with unconditional love.
During the Eucharistic celebration, John’s Gospel of the feet washing was proclaimed and ritualized. Students, faculty, and staff reenacted Jesus’ washing of the feet of the disciples by washing each other’s feet. As each participant went from washing the feet of others to having their own feet washed, it was a beautiful reminder that we are called to heal and be healed. During the feet washing, images were projected on a screen of moments from around the world in which people “wash each other’s feet” through service. The call of Father James Okafor’s homily was to see Jesus’ sacrificial love as a call to continue building the Kingdom of God here on earth through servant leadership; in doing so, we will continue to see the “face of Christ.”
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