Wednesday, March 3, 2010

"Do as I have done"

While Holy Thursday is a few weeks away, there is much that we can learn and implement during Lent from John's description of the Passover Meal where Jesus washed his disciples feet.

The story is one we have heard so many times. Jesus gathers his disciples at table. Jesus removes his outer garments and kneels to wash his disciples feet. After washing and drying their feet he says:
"You call me 'teacher' and 'master,' and rightly so, for indeed I am. If I, therefore, the master and teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash one another's feet. I have given you a model to follow, so that as I have done for you, you should also do."
Jesus gathered others. Jesus nourished others. Jesus served others.

Lent is a time to make a complete turn to God so that we can fully embrace God's love, presence, and call in our lives. God is hoping for our "yes" to God's invitation to love God, to be loved by God, and to serve as Jesus served.

Are we modeling what Jesus did for his disciples? Are we inviting people to our table to be nourished and fed? Are we engaging in service to others in a way that models what Jesus did?

~Becky E.

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