Embrace Your Difference
Would you let Jesus wash your feet? In being bathed and washed clean from sin, starting life anew, you are given the opportunity to do the same for others. So many people don't have any understanding of faith or concept of God. It is the responsibility of each and every one of us to show them, to rise above the standards of modern society and rise to the challenge. I watched a Matthew Kelly reflection where he talked about the simple, yet frustrating act of waking up to an alarm clock. He talks about how even the concept of 'alarm' is tormenting, alarming, and shakes you, starting the day through a rough awakening. Instead, we shouldn't call it an alarm, but an opportunity, a challenge to live, to love each and every day. Through looking at it in this lens, we are more positive and excited to face the world ahead of us. Are you ready to face the day and the excitement God has in store for you?
Today's Gospel states:'Now before the feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. And during supper, when the devil had already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray him, Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going to God, rose from supper, laid aside his garments, and girded himself with a towel. Then he poured water into a basin, and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which he was girded. He came to Simon Peter; and Peter said to him, "Lord, do you wash my feet?" Jesus answered him, "What I am doing you do not know now, but afterward you will understand." Peter said to him, "You shall never wash my feet." Jesus answered him, "If I do not wash you, you have no part in me." Simon Peter said to him, "Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!" Jesus said to him, "He who has bathed does not need to wash, except for his feet, but he is clean all over; and you are clean, but not every one of you." For he knew who was to betray him; that was why he said, "You are not all clean." When he had washed their feet, and taken his garments, and resumed his place, he said to them, "Do you know what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord; and you are right, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you' (John 13:1-15).
Today we hear about at the Last Supper, how Jesus comes to bring us new life, through washing our feet, showing us the importance of communion and discipleship. Jesus could have chosen to do anything in this last night, but he chose to be different, to be a light for others, to ignite the fire within his disciples and in turn, all people. We too are meant to replicate Christ in our lives, for our neighbours, for the world. God challenges us to be different, to ignite with the Holy Spirit and replicate Jesus' teachings on earth. The challenge is to face each day as a opportunity to be different. Take some time to ask God to help you wash the feet, the lives of others who need His love.
Today's prayer comes from 'daily hope' a prayer tomato a difference through being different:
God, I admit a lot of times I've worried about what other people thought more than I’ve thought about doing the right thing. As I face this new decade, I want to dare to be different from others. I want to be a pleasure to you. I want to be different so I can make a difference. Amen.