Gospel of John 13: 1-15 Reflection:
As we enter the Easter festival proper and take part in the ceremonies we experience a quietness of soul as if we were actually at the events. The death of Jesus transcends time. It is such a huge cosmological event, the death of the man/God that it reverberates for all time.
Tonight at the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, we have the washing of the feet. Washing feet was the job of a servant not something the master of the house would do himself. In the time of Jesus so many people were used for menial tasks. We have lost any sense of what a servant and slave filled society was like.
Jesus washes the feet of the apostles, he says that he is their servant and that they must serve others in the same way.
It also shows us the position that the Christian may expect to have in a society, the lowest, the servant and the one whose work shall never be appreciated because it is only what is expected of him.
Over the next three days we should reflect often on what is happening, remembering that we are celebrating the death of Jesus, and we are waiting on his resurrection.
This is a solemn time, a deep time, when God and the world are at one, watching and waiting, hoping in the midst of despair. The fact that we all know the story does not prevent the story from being real for us.