Live Christ-like life, urges Father

Father John Ryan washes the feet of his parishioners during the Holy Thursday mass in Labasa. Picture: SERAFINA SILAITOGA

Father John Ryan washes the feet of his parishioners during the Holy Thursday mass in Labasa. Picture: SERAFINA SILAITOGA

CATHOLICS have been reminded to be Christlike not only during Easter weekend but every day of their lives.

While washing the feet of 12 parishioners during the Holy Thursday mass in Labasa, Rev Father John Ryan challenged them to live like Christ.

He told them that the washing of the feet signified selflessness.

“Jesus is selfless and we should be Christ-like not only during Easter but in every day of our lives and receiving the Eucharist (Holy Communion) during mass should lead us to live like Christ,” Father Ryan said.

“If you come to mass every time but can’t live like Christ, then it’s a waste of time.

“If you have nothing good to say about anybody, then shut up.

“The washing of the feet means that Jesus showed us the meaning of serving others. You need to be selfless like Christ.”

Father Ryan challenged about 300 church members during mass that the death on Calvary gave humankind a second chance to be accepted by God.

He pleaded with the members to live the life of Christ, help one another and always assist the disadvantaged in society.

Easter, he said, provided the opportunity for believers to remember the death on Calvary and tell the world about the unimaginable sacrifice of the crucifixion.

Father Ryan also prayed for those dying in Syria and those who have lost their loved ones.