The Last Supper, Betrayal and a Little Feet Washing

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. – (Beginning of this evening’s Gospel,  John 13:1-15)
Can you even imagine knowing you were having your last meal with your loved ones?  The next line is, “The devil had already induced Judas, son of Simon the Iscariot, to hand him over.”  And also knowing someone is about to betray you?  I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t be very hungry.  
As usual, the disciples were clueless as to what was happening.

You may have been in church for many Holy Thursday’s.  You may have participated in the “washing of the feet.”  I remember participating in one years ago.  At the last minute, I went to get volunteers for the feet washing.  The look of horror on peoples’ faces was kind of amusing.  One lady, coming right from work, asked if she could go home and shower first!  Uh, I don’t think we have time for that!

To see Jesus’ actions through the priest or to experience the washing of the feet can be quite the experience.  Emotions and feelings can run from wishing you had time for that shower or actually thinking about Jesus’ actions.
Jesus loved us so much, he was willing to die for us.  But in the little every day things, he was willing to share a meal, be betrayed by a loved one and wash our feet.
What are we willing to do?


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  • You know, reading that article, something occurred to me. Satan is a supernatural being, we know, and is much more intelligent (and cunning) than we are. But he's not all that smart. If he were, he'd have known that convincing Judas to betray Jesus and have Jesus crucified was going to open up the gates of heaven again for all humanity. That must've been horrible for him once he realized how it all turned out! And that's a good thing! :)

  • In reply to Augustin58:

    Oh, Augustin, I like the way you think! ;-)

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