Jesus, wash me and cleanse me.
Picture Jesus washing the Disciples’ feet.
This gospel highlights the great contrast. Jesus has all power, yet he acts like a servant. He washes the disciples’ feet as if they were the master of the house. He explains the meaning of this symbolic act. These powerful apostles must act like servants.
Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)
Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder those that attract you.)
- Jesus is not powerless. He has come from the Father and will return to the Father. “Everything is in his hands.”
- Yet, Jesus removes his garments (a symbol of power), and girds himself with a towel (a symbol of service).
- He descends to the floor, and kneels before each apostle (even Judas).
- Although He is “Lord” and “Master,” he sets aside those titles to act as a slave and servant.
- “I have given you an example” is Jesus’ keynote speech at his finest hour.
- The apostles do not understand. Only the cross will make everything clear.
Affections: (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)
- O Jesus, You knew who you were, where you came from and where you were going.
- O Lord, with all your greatness, you still choose to serve me.
- You kneel at my side and you wash my feet. How can I not love you?
- Your tenderness overwhelms me. Your actions touch me deeply.
- How can I respond to you?
- “Do the same for your friends,” You say. “I have given you an example.”
Resolution: (Possibly you might want to make your own.)
+ I will ask the Lord to cleanse me, again and again.
+ From this day on, I will serve the needs of others.