Thursday of the Fourth Week of Easter
Malvern Minute

 

Thursday of the Fourth Week of Easter

May 7, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry

 

Acts of the Apostles 13:13-25

Psalm 89

John 13:16-20

 

Have you ever thought how important your feet are?  It’s possible that our feet are the most underappreciated and overlooked part of our bodies.  When you think about it our feet are what grounds us, literally, to this earth of ours.  OK, for all you science types who would argue that it is actually gravity that keeps us from floating away.  We can’t see gravity but we can feel our feet touching the earth.

In the time of Jesus travel was almost exclusively by foot, a sign of respect and reverence and even hospitality was to wash the feet of a visitor before entering their home.  How good does it feel when we kick off our shoes after a long day, soak our feet and put on a comfortable pair of slippers?  Can you imagine how dirty, calloused and blistered the feet of His disciples were when, on Holy Thursday, our Lord washed them?

Today, Jesus reminds the apostles, and all of us, that no “master” is greater than his disciple.  The other message Jesus sends is that He humbled Himself by washing their feet and preparing the apostles for their long journey of evangelization that were ahead of them.

I also believe that our Risen Lord is reminding us to ask ourselves if our feet are moving us closer to God.  Jesus rejuvenated the feet of His disciples as well as their spirits.  It is the refreshing message of salvation as they move forward in preaching the Good News to the Jews, Gentiles, and pagans, to everyone.

Today let us pray that we can always be conscious of Jesus being there to wash our world-weary feet as we journey through life and be eternally grateful for His sacrifices for us.

Question of the Day:  How far will your feet carry you as a true disciple of Jesus?

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, walk with us today and everyday.  Show us the right way to a life of faith, hope and love.  Bless us, our families, our friends, our neighbors, our country and the whole world.  Guide us through our hardships so that we may one day enjoy everlasting happiness.

Please continue to pray for the victims of the Coronavirus and for all who are affected by this unprecedented pandemic.

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