Thursday: 18th April, 2019

1st reading: Exodus 12:1-8, 11-14; Psalm 116
2nd reading: 1 Corinthians 11:23-26
Gospel : John 13:1-15

Exodus 12:11 ‘This is how you are to eat it: with your cloak tucked into your belt, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand. You are to eat it hurriedly—it’s the LORD’s Passover.

John 13:4 So he rose from the table, took off his outer garment, and tied a towel around his waist.

Every school examination comes with specific rules: dos and don’ts, must haves and avoids. From the grade of pencil and type of calculator to be used, right down to the correct attire and m form of identification required. In fact, leave out any of these intentionally or not, and your experience could be rather unpleasant. The same applies to choice of clothing, because wearing a swimsuit to interview for an administrative role, sounds clearly like a bad idea.

Today, is the first day of the Easter Triduum and as I went through the readings for the day, one question popped up: ‘Are you dressed for the occasion?’ We hear two accounts of some preparation for tasks that lay ahead: one involving the Israelites getting set to leave Egypt and the other, Jesus who after dinner with the twelve, begins to put together the things needed to wash their feet.

In the latter, we see a quick change of apparel, involving the casting aside of his outer garment and wrapping a towel around his waist. That change of clothing together with an assembling of the required resources were needed for the task ahead. So I ask again, are you dressed for the occasion?

I hope by ‘dressed’, your minds are not set only towards the actual outer garments we wear because it entails a lot more than that. Are your attitudes ready? Is your character set? Are your resources assembled? Are you ready for the task that lies ahead of you? Mind you, it’s not actually a necessity to have all these ready, but you will certainly notice a clear difference between someone ‘dressed’ for the occasion and another who isn’t. You wouldn’t want to be in the latter group.

Remember # You stand a better chance of succeeding with planning instead of just showing up; So dress for the occasion.


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