MY daily reflection and prayer: Thursday, April 2, 2015
Dear my friends,
Here is the Gospel for us today according to St. John 13:1-15
Now before the feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. And during supper, when the devil had already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him, Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going to God, rose from supper, laid aside his garments, and girded himself with a towel. Then he poured water into a basin, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which he was girded.
He came to Simon Peter; and Peter said to him, “Lord, do you wash my feet?” Jesus answered him, “What I am doing you do not know now, but afterward you will understand.” Peter said to him, “You shall never wash my feet.” Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no part in me.” Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!”
Jesus said to him, “He who has bathed does not need to wash, except for his feet, but he is clean all over; and you are clean, but not every one of you.” For he knew who was to betray him; that was why he said, “You are not all clean.”
When he had washed their feet, and taken his garments, and resumed his place, he said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord; and you are right, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you.
This is the Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ
What can we learn from the Gospel today? First of all is Jesus’ love. He loved his disciples to the very end, even when they failed him and forsook him. Secondly, Jesus also loves each of us unconditionally.
Jesus reveals to his disciples the supreme humility and love he had for them. He stoops to perform a menial task reserved for servants, the washing of smelly, dirty feet. In stooping to serve his disciples Jesus knew that one of them would betray him. Such knowledge could have easily led to bitterness and hatred but no for Jesus.
Jesus even met the injury of betrayal and disloyalty with the greatest humility and supreme love. His love has power to set us free to serve others with Christ-like compassion and humility.
Reflecting on this Gospel, St. Augustine wrote, “Jesus had the power of laying down his life. He, by dying, destroyed death in himself; we are freed from death only in his death. His body did not see corruption; our body will see corruption and only then be clothed through him in incorruption at the end of the world. He gave himself to us as the vine to the branches; apart from him we cannot have life.”
In Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist we worship Jesus Christ who are shedding his blood and bringing forgiveness for our sins. This is a reason for rejoicing. Let’s then love one another as Christ also loved us and gave himself up for us.
Let’s pray: Lord Jesus Christ, your love conquers all and never fails. Help us to love others freely, with heart-felt compassion , kindness and goodness. Where there is injury, may we sow peace now and forever. Amen.