Gospel – April 9, 2020 – John 13:1-15
Before the feast of Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come
to pass from this world to the Father.
He loved his own in the world and he loved them to the end.
The devil had already induced Judas, son of Simon the Iscariot, to hand him over.
So, during supper,
fully aware that the Father had put everything into his power
and that he had come from God and was returning to God,
he rose from supper and took off his outer garments.
He took a towel and tied it around his waist.
Then he poured water into a basin
and began to wash the disciples’ feet
and dry them with the towel around his waist.
He came to Simon Peter, who said to him,
“Master, are you going to wash my feet?”
Jesus answered and said to him,
“What I am doing, you do not understand now,
but you will understand later.”
Peter said to him, “You will never wash my feet.”
Jesus answered him,
“Unless I wash you, you will have no inheritance with me.”
Simon Peter said to him,
“Master, then not only my feet, but my hands and head as well.”
Jesus said to him,
“Whoever has bathed has no need except to have his feet washed,
for he is clean all over;
so you are clean, but not all.”
For he knew who would betray him;
for this reason, he said, “Not all of you are clean.”
So when he had washed their feet
and put his garments back on and reclined at table again,
he said to them, “Do you realize what I have done for you?
You call me ‘teacher’ and ‘master,’ and rightly so, for indeed I am.
If I, therefore, the master and teacher, have washed your feet,
you ought to wash one another’s feet.
I have given you a model to follow,
so that as I have done for you, you should also do.”
Today we celebrate the Last Supper of Christ with his Apostles. It’s a time of realization. A time when Jesus has been given all power to do all things. A time to spend a few last hours with friends.
And he knows there is one who will betray him – no matter the trigger – he will be betrayed. He will be taken and beaten – horribly. He will be ridiculed. He will be treated worse than an animal. Why? Because he was feared for being too God like. Eventually, he is nailed to a cross. In the view of the world, he dies.
So what does this all powerful Son of God do? He becomes the servant in reality that he has been to all since he came into the world. Teacher and spiritual leader to the end. He takes the role of slave.
If we are to be true leaders we lead from below – supporting those we lead.
At least that’s what I heard Him say…