Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on April 17, 2014

636edcaf6efd5175fd21ef1e7e74b7f1_w600Gospel reading of the day:

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.”

Reflection on the gospel reading: Holy Thursday is the commemoration of the Lord’s supper, his last meal and the celebration of the feast of Passover where the Paschal lamb was slaughtered as a sacrifice before God. The Last Supper is intimately tied to the Lord’s institution of the Eucharist, when Jesus takes bread and wine, says the blessing, and shares them with his disciples saying, Take and eat, this is my body, this is my blood. All three of the synoptic gospels record this event, and Paul renders an account of it in his first letter to the Corinthians. But John’s gospel makes no mention of Eucharist at the Last Supper, and on the night we celebrate the Lord’s supper, the Church invites us not to reflect on the Paschal lamb or the institution of the Eucharist but instead on love and service for each other. For at the heart of Jesus’ role as the lamb of God given on the cross and in the breaking of the bread and the passing of the cup is the notion that we are not here for our own sakes so much as for each other: that it is losing ourselves, by picking up our crosses and sharing ourselves like Eucharist, that we realize the totality of the mystery of who we are.

Spiritual reading: In Love’s service, only wounded soldiers can serve. (Brennan Manning)


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