Vigilance – Good News for April 1

1 04 2010

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.”

The Daily Path: Tonight, after supper, Jesus will go to the Garden to pray. He will ask some of his closest friends to accompany him – to be with him in his hour of need. As we know, they will fall asleep. He will come and wake them, but again they will doze off. I am always saddened to read this. All Jesus asked was for a little bit of time from his best friends to stand by him. But even in this simple request, they failed the man who has just cleansed them.

I, too, fail to be there for the Christ, even though he has done everything for me. But He always comes back, wakes me, and asks that I return to vigilance. In many ways I think Jesus asks for vigilance from us each day. And it’s not just being present for God… so many around us are in their own hour of need. Each of us have our own agony in the garden. And in these hours I believe Christ asks us to be present for them.

Will we fall asleep when Jesus – and our neighbors – need us most?

Be with Him.





What’s On Your Table? – Good News for April 9

9 04 2009

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.”

The Daily Path: After this, his last supper before the great passion, Jesus would ask a few of his disciples to follow him to Gethsemane where he would pray to the Father. We know what happened. They fell asleep. There are many things that Jesus asks of us and many times we fall asleep. But if we embrace His lessons and strive to put God above all else we know the reward will be to sit with Him at the table of The Father.

Tonight, I plan to do what Jesus asked and spend time with Him on this Holy Thursday. I hope you’ll find time to accompany Him as well. It’s not much considering how much we ask of Him throughout the year. And as you pray with Jesus, ask Him to wash away the burden you carry. Place it squarely on Jesus’ table and He WILL carry the load. Tonight is the night to ask Christ for your own re-birth. 

Room to Chat: Lord, as you pray in the garden this night please keep Michael and his family in mind, and everyone who carries a heavy load. (See Room to Chat: Come Out – Good News for March 29)





Is It Me? – Good News for April 7

7 04 2009

John 13:21-33; 36-38

Reclining at table with his disciples, Jesus was deeply troubled and testified, “Amen, amen, I say to you, one of you will betray me.” 

The disciples looked at one another, at a loss as to whom he meant. One of his disciples, the one whom Jesus loved, was reclining at Jesus’ side. So Simon Peter nodded to him to find out whom he meant. He leaned back against Jesus’ chest and said to him, “Master, who is it?” Jesus answered, “It is the one to whom I hand the morsel after I have dipped it.” So he dipped the morsel and took it and handed it to Judas, son of Simon the Iscariot.

After Judas took the morsel, Satan entered him. So Jesus said to him, “What you are going to do, do quickly.”

Now none of those reclining at table realized why he said this to him. Some thought that since Judas kept the money bag, Jesus had told him, “Buy what we need for the feast,” or to give something to the poor. So Judas took the morsel and left at once. And it was night.

When he had left, Jesus said, “Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in him. If God is glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself, and he will glorify him at once. My children, I will be with you only a little while longer. You will look for me, and as I told the Jews, ‘Where I go you cannot come,’ so now I say it to you.”

Simon Peter said to him, “Master, where are you going?” Jesus answered him, “Where I am going, you cannot follow me now, though you will follow later.” Peter said to him, “Master, why can I not follow you now?  I will lay down my life for you.”

Jesus answered, “Will you lay down your life for me? Amen, amen, I say to you, the cock will not crow before you deny me three times.”

The Daily Path: As I reflect on John’s account of the Last Supper, it’s cause for me to think about the times that I have betrayed Jesus. I believe that other gospel accounts of this event record the disciples asking something like, “Who is it, Lord? Is it me?” No one  who loves Jesus wants to believe that they could betray Him. But we do. Yes, Lord… it IS me. 

I know sometimes I betray Jesus through my actions and thoughts. If Peter’s rooster were to follow me around throughout the day, he’d probably be crowing up a storm. I don’t mean to, but it happens. I’m trying to be mindful of these events when they occur, even if after the fact. In doing so, perhaps the next time I act, I will choose to show my love for Christ, not betray Him.  

Room to Chat: Lord you reached out to me when I least expected it. Please do the same for Michael. Speak to him in that moment when he can hear your voice. Send the Holy Spirit to him. (See Room to Chat: Come Out – Good News for March 29)