A place for jesus at the table

Holy Thursday, based on John 13:1-15

Now before the festival of the Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart from this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. The devil had already put it into the heart of Judas son of Simon Iscariot to betray him. And during supper Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going to God, got up from the table, took off his outer robe, and tied a towel around himself. 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. He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” Jesus answered, “You do not know now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” Peter said to him, “You will never wash my feet.” Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no share with me.” Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!” Jesus said to him, “One who has bathed does not need to wash, except for the feet, but is entirely clean. And you are clean, though not all of you.” For he knew who was to betray him; for this reason he said, “Not all of you are clean.” After he had washed their feet, had put on his robe, and had returned to the table, he said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord—and you are right, for that is what I am. So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you.

Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

2 thoughts on “A place for jesus at the table

  1. very nicely done! One of the joys in my life is to be able to set a simple but beautiful table for a dinner with friends. The food too will be simple, attractive. Now I can incorporate another level of consciousness. Thank you so much.

    Now, on a humorous side, I always kid that this icon was originally a Scrabble icon. The hand of the one is obviously holding his letter rack, can you see it? and thinking about his next word. there is space in the middle for the board. The others are thinking of their words too. Now I just call it “the Scrabble icon.” I am sure this insight just makes your day! Mary Ellen

  2. Thank you Judith Anne. I awoke early today and hearing your reflection was ‘awakened” in the listening to a whole new way of being and participating in the invitation of the Last Supper. This reflection has been a great start for me as we enter the Tridium. Easter Blessing to you and all who offer this website.

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