For a more enriching experience,
go down on your knees to pray or take it one step further
and prostrate yourself (lay face down) on the floor while praying.
Father, the reading is interesting how Jesus chose to handle ahead of time what He knew was going to happen later. Jesus knew that Judas was going to betray Him, Peter would deny Him and the others would abandon Him. Wow, knowing all of this ahead of time, He bent down and washed their feet!?!? Quite frankly, I don't know if I could do something like that if I knew ahead of time that my friends were going to cut and run or ignore me and walk away when I needed them the most. This is quite an example that Jesus set. Before His arrest even happened, He had already decided how He would handle it and how He would not. He was not going to handle it with bitterness and anger, instead He was going to handle it with Love and humility. After all this time, of never really getting 'the get' on this particular Scripture, I get it. He was not about to allow their actions to shape Him into a bad person; instead His actions were going to shape them into better people. Jesus did not attach Himself to their actions, the apostles attached themselves to His actions. Thank You so much for this enLightened awareness that I too can choose the path of Love no matter what sits on my path. My actions and reactions are always my choice and I choose the Way of Jesus.
Through Jesus Christ's Most Precious Blood, Most Sacred Name and Most Holy Face, I thank You for this awareness. Amen~
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John
1 Now before the feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that His hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having Loved His own who were in the world, Le loved them to the end.
2 And during supper, when the devil had already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray Him,
3 Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come from God and was going to God,
4 rose from supper, laid aside His garments, and girded Himself with a towel.
5 Then He poured water into a basin, and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded.
6 He came to Simon Peter; and Peter said to Him, "Lord, do You wash my feet?"
7 Jesus answered him, "What I am doing you do not know now, but afterward you will understand."
8 Peter said to Him, "You shall never wash my feet." Jesus answered him, "If I do not wash you, you have no part in Me."
9 Simon Peter said to Him, "Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!"
10 Jesus said to him, "He who has bathed does not need to wash, except for his feet, but he is clean all over; and you are clean, but not every one of you."
11 For He knew who was to betray Him; that was why He said, "You are not all clean."
12 When He had washed their feet, and taken His garments, and resumed His place, He said to them, "Do you know what I have done to you?
13 You call me Teacher and Lord; and you are right, for so I am.
14 If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet.
15 For I have given you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you."
The Gospel of the Lord
Praise to You Lord Jesus Christ
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