Maundy Thursday, April 14, 2022
John 13:1-17, 31-35
It was almost time for the Passover Feast. Jesus knew that it was time for him to leave this world and go back to the Father. He had always loved those who were his own in the world, and he loved them all the way to the end.
Jesus and his followers were at the evening meal. The devil had already persuaded Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon, to turn against Jesus. Jesus knew that the Father had given him power over everything and that he had come from God and was going back to God. So during the meal Jesus stood up and took off his outer clothing. Taking a towel, he wrapped it around his waist. Then he poured water into a bowl and began to wash the followers’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.
Jesus came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”
Jesus answered, “You don’t understand now what I am doing, but you will understand later.”
Peter said, “No, you will never wash my feet.”
Jesus answered, “If I don’t wash your feet, you are not one of my people.”
Simon Peter answered, “Lord, then wash not only my feet, but wash my hands and my head, too!”
Jesus said, “After a person has had a bath, [their] whole body is clean. [They need] only to wash [their] feet. And you [people] are clean, but not all of you.” Jesus knew who would turn against him, and that is why he said, “Not all of you are clean.”
When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and sat down again. He asked, “Do you understand what I have just done for you? You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and you are right, because that is what I am. If I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash each other’s feet. I did this as an example so that you should do as I have done for you. I tell you the truth, a servant is not greater than his master. A messenger is not greater than the one who sent [them]. If you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.
When Judas was gone, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man receives his glory, and God receives glory through him. If God receives glory through him, then God will give glory to the Son through [Godself]. And God will give him glory quickly.”
Jesus said, “My children, I will be with you only a little longer. You will look for me, and what I told the Jews, I tell you now: Where I am going you cannot come.
“I give you a new command: Love each other. You must love each other as I have loved you. All people will know that you are my followers if you love each other.”
(New Century Version (NCV))
Loving Divine Family,
We are in this sacred prayer space with you. We hear your voice and teachings. We submit to you as you insist on serving us. Your ways are so new to us. Teachers serving their disciples. You share your wisdom and teachings and instruct us to do as you have done for us.
Loving Divine Family, we your Beloved come together to spend time with you. We soak in your loving presence. You love us. You ask us to love each other. We are loved, we are blessed. We relish in this love and live it out.
I receive your instructions to follow your ways, Loving LORD, and thank you for…
Your love is so amazing, LORD. We feel your deep, deep love for us. We commit to following your ways. We commit to showing your love to others and greet each other in a good way, with peace and compassion in these difficult days.
With joy we praise you!
Cherie and Donovan Mutschler