Following Jesus’ Example: Holy Week

What I do is the point of what I believe.

Jesus washing Peter's feet
Jesus washing Peter’s feet

My prayer response:

Jesus, help me to faithfully follow Your example, acting like You did by treating others as You did–in service, love, and wisdom.

 

Jesus, serving
Jesus, serving

Biblical touchstones:

John 13:1   Now before the festival of the Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart from this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.  … And during supper Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going to God, got up from the table, took off his outer robe, and tied a towel around himself.  5 Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was tied around him. He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”Passion Window Chartres, Jesus Washes Peter's Feet Jesus answered, “You do not know now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”  Peter said to him, “You will never wash my feet.” Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no share with me.” Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!” Jesus said to him, “One who has bathed does not need to wash, except for the feet, but is entirely clean. And you are clean, though not all of you.” For he knew who was to betray him; for this reason he said, “Not all of you are clean.”

The disciples witness Jesus' example
The disciples witness Jesus’ example

After he had washed their feet, had put on his robe, and had returned to the table, he said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord—and you are right, for that is what I am. So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you. Very truly, I tell you, servants are not greater than their master, nor are messengers greater than the one who sent them. If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them.” John 13:1-17

Jesus looking towards Peter's feet
Jesus looking towards Peter’s feet

“If you understand what I’m telling you, act like it—and live a blessed life.” The Message’s modern language reworking of John 13:17

Invitation to prayer:

What prayers are emerging from your heart, mind, and body? Pray them now. Let them lead you where you need to go.

 

Passion Window Chartres, Jesus Washes Peter's Feet

 

Photos: Detail from the last supper: Jesus washing Peter’s feet. 12th century Passion and Resurrection stained glass window at Chartres Cathedral (France)

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