Thursday, 2 April 2015

Access to our feet

10 Minute Daily Retreat - Read the Daily Gospel with a prayerful heart.
By Leanne Walsh (No.100)

Before the festival of the Passover, Jesus, knowing that his hour had come to pass from this world to the Father, having loved those who were his in the world, loved them to the end. They were at supper, and the devil had already put it into the mind of Judas Iscariot son of Simon, to betray him.

Jesus knew that the Father had put everything into his hands, and that he had come from God and was returning to God, and he 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!'  

Jesus said, 'No one who has had a bath needs washing, such a person is clean all over. You too are clean, though not all of you are.' He knew who was going to betray him, and that was why he said, 'though not all of you are'. 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. (John 13:1-15)

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Our feet are not something that we readily give over to someone else to wash, it is a very intimate act. Who knows what state they may be in - enclosed and sweaty or exposed and dirty! Possibly much like our lives. Yet Jesus' willingness to cleanse our feet can spark in us the desire to be cleansed all over. 

Today we leave Lent behind and enter into the Easter Triduum. Tonight we will partake in the mass of the Last Supper, where the priest will imitate Christ's actions in the washing of his disciple’s feet. Jesus gives of himself and becomes the servant, showing great humility and pure love. 

Allowing Jesus access to our feet, or in fact any part of our lives takes a decision for him. It also encourages us to do as he did, to be a servant and reach out to others. 

Let us enter into this most Holy season with great expectation and awe at all that Jesus has done for us in the cleansing power of his love. 


Leanne Walsh

5 minutes: READ the text slowly.
REFLECT on a phrase or word that struck you.
SPEAK to God about your thoughts.
5 minutes: LISTEN to God speak to you.
RESPOND with a prayer that feels right for you.
















Next Reflection: Malcolm Davies  Friday 3rd April, 2015

Stations of the Cross:
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First Station: Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane Matthew 26:36-41
Second Station: Jesus, Betrayed by Judas, is Arrested Mark 14: 43-46
Third Station: Jesus is Condemned by the Sanhedrin  Luke 22:66-71
Fourth Station: Jesus is Denied by Peter  Matthew 26:69-75
Fifth Station: Jesus is Judged by Pilate Mark 15:1-5,15
Sixth Station: Jesus is Scourged and Crowned with Thorns John 19:1-3
Seventh Station: Jesus Bears the Cross John 19:6,15-17
Eighth Station: Jesus is Helped by Simon the Cyrenian to Carry the Cross Mark 15:21
Ninth Station: Jesus Meets the Women of Jerusalem  Luke 23:27-31
Tenth Station: Jesus is Crucified  Luke 23:33-34
Eleventh Station: Jesus Promises His Kingdom to the Good Thief Luke 23:39-43
Twelfth Station: Jesus Speaks to His Mother and the Disciple John 19:25-27
Thirteenth Station: Jesus Dies on the Cross Luke 23:44-46

Fourteenth Station: Jesus is Placed in the Tomb Matthew 27:57-60