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The Book of John, The 14th Dalai Lama, A special video
There's one portion of the Last Supper recorded only in the
Book of John: the story of Jesus arising in the middle of the
meal to wash His Disciples' feet. It's a remarkable moment
to consider...with time left to teach them but one final lesson,
Jesus uses the fading moments before He is arrested, not
to show His might, but to utterly humble Himself in service,
and to command us to do likewise.
I think it's probably safe to assume this meant He placed
more importance on this lesson than any other. It was a
huge lesson made all the more dramatic by its small,
quiet demonstration. And in context of what was about
to happen, it speaks even more loudly to our hearts.
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Before the feast of Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come
to pass from this world to the Father. He loved his own
in the world and he loved them to the end.
So, during supper, fully aware that the Father had put every-
thing into his power and that he had come from God and was
returning to God, he rose from supper and took off his outer
garments. He took a towel and tied it around his waist. Then
he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples'
feet and dry them with with the towel around his waist.
So when he had washed their feet (and) put his garments back
on and reclined at table again, he said to them, "Do you
realize what I have done for you? You call me 'teacher' and
'master,' and rightly so, for indeed I am. If I, therefore, the
master and teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to
wash one another's feet. I have given you a model to follow,
so that as I have done for you, you should do also."
John 13:1, 2-5, 12-15
New American Bible
It must be said that genuine compassion is not like
pity or a feeling that others are somehow lower
than you. Rather, with genuine compassion you
view others as more important than yourself.
The14th Dalai Lama (1935 - )
Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader
Historic All Saints Episcopal Church
Rector, Fr. Rob Lord
Winter Park, Florida
NOTE FROM LISA: Judy is a Sunday School teacher at All Saints Episcopal
Church in Winter Park, Florida. The other Sunday she made a video of the
Pre-K (4 & 5 year olds) class learning about Jesus washing the
Disciples' feet at the Last Supper. It's a priceless, precious
video to watch.
Judy's the one in black. As she explains:
"Our group is small but mighty this year - some of the kids attend our
All Saints Preschool during the week and we even have one child whose
daddy is an All Saints priest. It's so touching to see how loving and gentle
they all are. I love the beaming faces of the last two young ladies washing
each other's feet. Their grins are overflowing with trust and joy...and the fun
of it all. Gee, if we could just bottle it up and take it like a daily vitamin!
Personally, I relate to the one cutie who says, "I do not like people's feet."
He's so like me. I prefer to play the "Martha" role helping the Altar Guild
prepare the warm water and provide towels and such for the Maunday
Thursday foot washing service. I guess it's true...each of us has our
gifts, and mine is not washing feet either.
Someone wondered if the kids will go to communion next week and
blurt out our catch phrase, 'I'll remember you Jesus!' Stay tuned..."
*Watch the children's video*
The Last Word:
Compassion is compulsory
for everyone to practice,
and if I were dictator I would
dictate to everyone to do so.
The 14th Dalai Lama (1935 - )
Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader
Utterly Random Bonus Quote:
Patience is bitter
but its fruit is sweet.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778)
Genevois philosopher, writer and composer
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