During this season of Lent, I will be working through Bishop Robert Barron’s Lenten Gospel Reflections (available through Word on Fire). Each day, I will share the readings and the reflection question, followed by my own thoughts.
April 14, 2022
1 Now before the feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. 2 And during supper, when the devil had already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him, 3 Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going to God, 4 rose from supper, laid aside his garments, and tied a towel around himself. 5 Then he poured water into a basin, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel that was tied around him. 6 He came to Simon Peter; and Peter said to him, “Lord, do you wash my feet?” 7 Jesus answered him, “What I am doing you do not know now, but afterward you will understand.” 8 Peter said to him, “You shall never wash my feet.” Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no part in me.” 9 Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!” 10 Jesus said to him, “He who has bathed does not need to wash, except for his feet, but he is clean all over; and you are clean, but not all of you.” 11 For he knew who was to betray him; that was why he said, “You are not all clean.” 12 When he had washed their feet, and taken his garments, and resumed his place, he said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you? 13 You call me Teacher and Lord; and you are right, for so I am. 14 If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. 15 For I have given you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you.”
John 13:1-15, RSV2CE
What have you received out of divine love? How are you giving it away?
Every good thing that we have has been given to us by God in His divine love. He gives to us not so that we can hold on to what we have been given, but so that we can, as instruments of God’s blessings, share what we have been given. Our time can be given away by building relationships with our families. Our resources can be shared with those who are in need. Our prayers can be made not just for our own needs, but for the needs of others. The love that God bestows on us is not merely for our own benefit – it is given that it might be shared!
Lord, fill me with Your love, that I might obey your commandment and share this love with those around me.