Holy Week: Thursday 18th April, 2019

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DGeMs- Daily Gospel eMessage

Dear Friend in the Lord,

Washing of the Feet: In today’s Gospel, during the Last Supper Jesus got up and washed the feet of His apostles.  Being Master and Lord, he showed His disciple that a “True Master” is one that serves with great humility, and even be willing to die in his service.  Ponder on the times when we served with pride.

Fr Philip Heng, S.J.

John 13:4-9,12-15

Jesus got up from table, removed his outer garments and, taking a towel, wrapped it round his waist; he then poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel he was wearing. He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, ‘Lord, are you going to wash my feet?’ Jesus answered, ‘At the moment you do not know what I am doing, but later you will understand.’ ‘Never!’ said Peter. ‘You shall never wash my feet.’ Jesus replied, ‘If I do not wash you, you can have no share with me.’ Simon Peter said, ‘Well then, Lord, not only my feet, but my hands and my head as well!’

When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments again he went back to the table. ‘Do you understand’, he said, ‘what I have done to you? You call me Master and Lord, and rightly; so I am. If I, then, the Lord and Master, have washed your feet, you must wash each other’s feet. I have given you an example so that you may copy what I have done to you.’