Day 94: Judges 19-21; Psalm 78: 40-72; John 13

By The Rev. Sam Lloyd
John 13 gives us probably the most intimate moment Jesus has with his disciples.  He knows the end is near and that this will be his last time with his friends.  How could he sum up everything he had been trying to teach them? To do that he leaves them with three gifts to sustain them when he’s gone.

An Example.  Without saying a word he takes a towel and basin and washes the feet of his disciples. Everything he has been teaching finally comes down to this: Just serving one another, getting our pride out of the way and giving of ourselves, not just to the worthy but to everyone.

A Command.  Jesus leaves his friends a “new commandment”: “Love one another, as I have loved you.” Love was Jesus’ meaning.  Not the feelings of being “in love,” but the hard business of caring for people we don’t like or admire or approve of, even people we fear or hate.

But Jesus knows the disciples won’t be able fully to live that way. They are all too frightened, too self-absorbed, too busy—like us.  And so Jesus gives one more gift.

A Meal.  Jesus feeds them with the bread and wine that would ever after become his Body and Blood. From this time forward when they shared this meal they would be united to him and filled with his love.

An example, a command, a meal. These have been shaping our lives ever since.

Questions
When and where have you experienced servant love in ways that have made a difference?  When and where have you given this love?

How has Christ met you in his holy meal?

Prayer
O Lord of love, help me to be your servant, an instrument of your love, day by day;  hold me close to your church, your meal, and above all to you,  I ask in your name.  Amen

The Rev. Sam Lloyd, III is  priest-in-charge of Trinity Church, Copley Square in Boston

John 13 gives us probably the most intimate moment Jesus has with his disciples.  He knows the end is near and that this will be his last time with his friends.  How could he sum up everything he had been trying to teach them? To do that he leaves them with three gifts to sustain them when he’s gone.

An Example.  Without saying a word he takes a towel and basin and washes the feet of his disciples. Everything he has been teaching finally comes down to this: Just serving one another, getting our pride out of the way and giving of ourselves, not just to the worthy but to everyone.

A Command.  Jesus leaves his friends a “new commandment”: “Love one another, as I have loved you.” Love was Jesus’ meaning.  Not the feelings of being “in love,” but the hard business of caring for people we don’t like or admire or approve of, even people we fear or hate.

But Jesus knows the disciples won’t be able fully to live that way. They are all too frightened, too self-absorbed, too busy—like us.  And so Jesus gives one more gift.

A Meal.  Jesus feeds them with the bread and wine that would ever after become his Body and Blood. From this time forward when they shared this meal they would be united to him and filled with his love.

An example, a command, a meal. These have been shaping our lives ever since.

QUESTIONS

When and where have you experienced servant love in ways that have made a difference?  When and where have you given this love?

How has Christ met you in his holy meal? 

PRAYER

O Lord of love, help me to be your servant, an instrument of your love, day by day;  hold me close to your church, your meal, and above all to you,  I ask in your name.  Amen