Prayer: Jesus, wash me and cleanse. Me.
Imagination: (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.)
Knowing that the Father had given everything into his hands and that he came from God and was returning to God, Jesus rose from the supper and laid aside his garments. Taking a towel, he girded himself. Then he put water into a basin and began to wash the feet of the disciples and to wipe them with the towel around his waist.
After washing their feet, Jesus said, “You call me Master and Lord, for that is what I am. If I, who am your Master and Lord, have washed your feet, then you also, should wash one another’s feet. I have given you an example. As I have done to you, so you also should do.”
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.
Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation)
Jesus rose from table and set aside his garments.