Read John 13:1-17, 31b-35
John’s telling of the washing of feet in the Upper Room begins with: ‘Jesus knew that his hour had come’ and ‘the devil had already put it into the heart of Judas…to betray him.’ Yet sitting between these two shocking and terrifying statements is a testimony to Jesus’ love for his disciples. John wants us to know that Jesus sees this as a final opportunity to express his love for ‘his own.’
Jesus can serve with such compassion – so humbly, so generously – because he loves so much. Such an exemplary last act of love! Jesus describes his action as an ‘example’. It is to become our pattern, our invitation to embrace the unexpected freedom of living for others.
Yet, it is even much more than this. What Jesus gave was a blessing – a repeatable, relivable blessing. As Jesus said: ‘If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them’ (13:17). Where will we find the courage to center upon such love and embrace such an extraordinary invitation toward loving and blessing others?
God of Generosity, guide us to be generous with our love, and challenge us to be a blessing to all. Amen.
Central Christian Church, Uniontown, PA