April 21, 2011 by bobet888
He loved his own in the world and he loved them to the end.
- John 13:1-15
|April 21, 2011 Bible Reading and Gospel|
Love endures anything. Love can draw forth good even from the worst of situations. Love redeems. The very betrayal of his [Jesus'] friendship will let him demonstrate the authenticity of his own friendship: “There is no greater love than to lay one’s life down for one’s friends.”
Jesus is Lord and master, he is the Good Teacher. I am his disciple. Nonetheless, he has demonstrated his authority not by exacting obedience through exertion of force, rather by revealing the power of virtue: humility and charity – and their capacity to teach and persuade.
Lord, continue to bathe me with your word so that I may be found clean. Grant me the humility and charity to imitate your virtues. I wish to learn to wash the feet of others, so give me the grace to let down my defenses and simply reach out to do good, without worrying how others may react to me.