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On Today’s Gospel

Posted: March 27, 2013 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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Can we ever fully comprehend the love God has for us? What it truly means to love us to the end?

Can we strip ourselves bare of all that is worldly? Can we remove our cloak of pride? And with our robe of holiness serve others? Even getting down to our knees if the need arises? Working with our Lord to wash away the veil of darkness from their eyes and hearts? Can we help our Lord Jesus wash their feet from all sinfulness gathered while walking in the wrong direction and helping them move forward in the right one through His Word?

Let us pray…..

Sweet Jesus, thank you for loving me and teaching me how to love. Guide me always in your ways so that I may continue to serve you by serving my brethren. Calling to mind Your act of love in washing the feet of your disciples let me do likewise in all I say and do. Amen  

GOSPEL John 13:1–15

Before the feast of Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to pass from this world to the Father. He loved his own in the world and he loved them to the end. The devil had already induced Judas, son of Simon the Iscariot, to hand him over. So, during supper, fully aware that the Father had put everything into his power and that he had come from God and was returning to God, he rose from supper and took off his outer garments. He took a towel and tied it around his waist. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and dry them with the towel around his waist. He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Master, are you going to wash my feet?” Jesus answered and said to him, “What I am doing, you do not understand now, but you will understand later.” Peter said to him, “You will never wash my feet.” Jesus answered him, “Unless I wash you, you will have no inheritance with me.” Simon Peter said to him, “Master, then not only my feet, but my hands and head as well.” Jesus said to him, “Whoever has bathed has no need except to have his feet washed, for he is clean all over; so you are clean, but not all.” For he knew who would betray him; for this reason, he said, “Not all of you are clean.”

So when he had washed their feet and put his garments back on and reclined at table again, he said to them, “Do you realize what I have done for you? 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.”

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: March 27, 2013 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

Jesus Last Supper Passover

Do we hold on to Jesus at all cost? Or do we ‘sell’ Him off from our lives, when we choose greed over Him? The lavish lifestyle we created for ourselves? Our wants and desires which must come first? Simply because He has no place in our lives? No value?

Jesus desires to be with us, to bless us in our homes, in our hearts, are we ready and willing to let Him in? To welcome Him with open arms?

When relationships fail for whatever reasons, do we look to point fingers? Or do we reflect on how we may have contributed? For what we have done or failed to do?

It is never too late to follow Jesus, no matter what we may have said or no matter what we have done. Let us turn to Him and say “Jesus I choose You!, I love You.” Amen

GOSPEL Matthew 26:14–25

One of the Twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, “What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?” They paid him thirty pieces of silver, and from that time on he looked for an opportunity to hand him over.

On the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the disciples approached Jesus and said, “Where do you want us to prepare for you to eat the Passover?” He said, “Go into the city to a certain man and tell him, ‘The teacher says, My appointed time draws near; in your house I shall celebrate the Passover with my disciples.”‘“ The disciples then did as Jesus had ordered, and prepared the Passover.

When it was evening, he reclined at table with the Twelve. And while they were eating, he said, “Amen, I say to you, one of you will betray me.” Deeply distressed at this, they began to say to him one after another, “Surely it is not I, Lord?” He said in reply, “He who has dipped his hand into the dish with me is the one who will betray me. The Son of Man indeed goes, as it is written of him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed. It would be better for that man if he had never been born.” Then Judas, his betrayer, said in reply, “Surely it is not I, Rabbi?” He answered, “You have said so.”