10 Minute Daily Retreat - Read the Word of God with a prayerful heart.
By Malcolm Davies (No.195)
Reading: John 13:14-15
"You call me Master and Lord, and rightly; so I am. If I, then, the Lord and Master, have washed your feet, you should wash each other’s feet. I have given you an example so that you may copy what I have done to you."
|Seminary - Foot washing|
Normally, at formal meals to which guests were invited, the washing of feet would be done by a slave. Here Jesus himself performs the menial task which is a symbolic prefiguring of the ‘washing’ from sin that he will shortly accomplish for believers, as the Lamb of God, who in his death takes away the sins of the world.
Jesus washes us clean us through his Word and his Love, through the gift of himself. Over and over again he washes us with his Word.
If we accept the gift of salvation in an attitude of meditation, prayer and faith, there will be a deep experience of the cleansing grace and mercy of God in our life.
Read the scripture slowly.
Reflect on its meaning for you.
Listen for God's voice in the stillness.
Pray for God's blessing upon you.