Jesus, I will follow your example.
Picture Jesus with his apostles at the Last Supper.
After washing the apostles’ feet, Jesus makes clear what that action meant. He has served the Apostles and they must serve others. Even here, the betrayal by Judas claims Jesus’ attention. He predicts the betrayal so the apostles are not scandalized by that action.
Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)
Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder the ones that attract you.)
- Jesus renounced all of his privileges to serve mankind.
- He expects his disciples to do the same.
- If the disciple imitates Jesus, the gospel message will be clear.
- We are blessed only by imitating Jesus.
- Jesus worrying about Judas’ betrayal will affect the others. Jesus predicts the event to soften the blow.
- Jesus describes the greatness of a disciple. Whoever receives them, receives Jesus and the Father.
Affections: (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)
- O Jesus, my greatest dignity is to serve with you.
- O Jesus, I will think like you, speak like you, act like you.
- O Jesus, with all my faults, you have chosen me.
- You worry about me. You are concerned. You ease my every sorrow.
- Send me. Wherever I go as your apostle, you will go with me.
Resolutions: (Possibly you might want to make your own.)
+ I will imitate Jesus’ spirit of service.
+ I will recall moments when Jesus softened my hardships.