Jesus began to wash the disciples’ feet

Published on 03 Apr 2017
Text: ‘Jesus began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel he was wearing.’ John 13:5 Image: bowl of water with towel

‘Jesus began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel he was wearing.’

John 13:5

The Last Supper was not the first time Jesus had shared a meal with the worst of sinners and the hungriest of pilgrims. It was not the first time Jesus had given consolation and healing to those who shared a table with him. On this night, however, he already knew that Judas had betrayed him and he already knew that the powers of darkness were circling. In this most vulnerable of moments, his focus is not on himself. Rather, Jesus gives each person present all his love. When he washes their feet, he shows his love. The main message here is not that I should go and wash the feet of others – though of course I am called to do that every day. No, the main message is that I am to let Jesus wash

my feet, to let Jesus wipe away my weariness, to let Jesus heal the scars of my straying, and to let Jesus’ love renew me body and soul. This is what Jesus chooses to do in the face of death. Lord, as you face death, and as my beloved faces death, so also I face death. Help me feel the power of your love.

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