Jesus got up from table, removed his outer garment and, taking a towel, wrapped it round his waist; he then poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel he was wearing. He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” Jesus answered, “At the moment you do not know what I am doing, but later you will understand.” “Never!” said Peter, “You shall never wash my feet.” Jesus replied, “If I do not wash you, you can have nothing in common with me.” John 13 : 4-8
Dear children! Open your heart to God’s mercy in this Lenten time. The Heavenly Father desires to deliver each of you from the slavery of sin. Therefore, little children, make good use of this time and through meeting with God in confession, leave sin and decide for holiness. Do this out of love for Jesus, who redeemed you all with His blood, that you may be happy and in peace. Do not forget, little children: your freedom is your weakness, therefore follow my messages with seriousness. Thank you for having responded to my call. February 25, 2007
• Not only water, but blood also flowed from the side of Jesus after the soldier pierced him with his sword. Jesus didn’t only speak, he didn’t just leave us with words, He surrendered himself. He washes us with the sacred power of his blood, that is to say, with his surrender ‘until the end,’ until the cross… His word is something more than simple speaking; it is flesh and blood ‘for the life of the world.’ In the holy sacraments, the Lord kneels down again before our feet and he purifies us. Let us ask him that we become ever more penetrated by the sacred washing of his love and in this way remain truly purified.
Pope Benedict XVI speaking at the Mass of the Lords Supper… source: zenit.org
• The illustration is from the large Crucifix at the Oasis of Peace, Medjugorje.