Lenten Reflections

John 13:36-38

John 13:36-38

Jesus’ clarion call to love is quickly followed by words of foreboding. Peter, ever eager to impress Jesus with his earnestness, insists that he is willing to follow Jesus wherever he goes. He claims that he is willing even to lay down his li...

February 26, 2021 Read

John 13:34-35

John 13:34-35

Having warned his followers of his impending departure and their inability to follow him beyond this point, Jesus gives them a new commandment: to love one another. But in what sense is this command new? God had already instructed his people: Love ...

February 25, 2021 Read

John 13:31-33

John 13:31-33

Once Judas leaves the company of the disciples to do his dark deed, Jesus comforts the disciples with his unique perspective on all that is about to befall him. Jesus knows that their hearts and minds are weak, and so he strengthens them with these...

February 24, 2021 Read

John 13:21-30

John 13:21-30

Jesus confirms with a heavy heart that one of his disciples will betray him. This, of course, sparks their curiosity as well as their fear. The disciple who was seated closest to Jesus, most likely the author of this gospel, asks the question that ...

February 23, 2021 Read

John 13:15-20

John 13:15-20

Jesus has given us an example that we should follow it. Of course, it is one thing to know this, and another to do it. Jesus suggests it is the one who actually does what he says who is blessed. Jesus knows those who truly belong to him (those whom...

February 22, 2021 Read

John 13:12-14

John 13:12-14

After answering Peter’s initial objections, Jesus explains his reasons for washing his disciples’ feet. This action was intended to provide them with an object lesson. His followers rightly refer to Jesus as “Teacher and Lord," bu...

February 19, 2021 Read

John 13:6-11

John 13:6-11

With a basin of water and a towel around his waist, Jesus drops to his knees and proceeds to wash his disciples’ feet, a form of service that was reserved for the lowest of the low. Not surprisingly, Peter sharply objects to t...

February 18, 2021 Read

John 13:1-5

John 13:1-5

With the opening lines of John 13, we are taken to the “upper room” where Jesus made advance preparations to share a final meal with his disciples. Jesus always had a strong sense of time. Unlike us, his timing was never off. He knew th...

February 17, 2021 Read