Washing with blood…

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

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 

The illustration is from the large Crucifix at the Oasis of Peace community in Medjugorje.

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