In Mission Today (Spring 2014) Fr John Hemer narrates how Queen
Victoria was giving a
state banquet at . Whatever was
served, it was followed by the use of finger bowls. One visiting dignitary, taking
it to be one of the many drinks on offer, picked up his finger bowl and drank
it! The people around him were horrified. The Queen saw what was going on and
rescued him by picking up her own finger bowl and drinking it. This meant that
all present had to follow suit! Fr John brings out how Jesus took our place of
shame and how through his passion and cross he made us privileged children of
the kingdom of God. Buckingham
Over the centuries several people have followed Jesus’ example. Fr Maximilian Kolbe, who volunteered to offer up his own life in place of a family man. It also reminds me of my uncle Pé (Piet) and his wife Rika. At the risk of their own lives they saved a good number of young Jews, on the run from the Nazis, by hiding them in their cellar and bunkers in the heather field. After the war they refused to get on e.g. the Queen’s Honours list. Pé’s reaction was, “What we did should be done quite naturally by any Christian”. Being the down to earth man he was he would have said, “Just get on with it”! A good thought for Lent!
Fr Piet Wijngaard, O.Carm.