Wash Away the Stress
Do you enjoy having a morning shower? Maybe an evening bubble bath that helps you relax and wash away all of the stress and anxiety of the day. It's the most refreshing thing ever, unless you despise getting wet. When you're younger though, you typically put up an argument with your parents about why it's necessary. All you want to do is run around and experience life, not have to take the time to get clean. Many of us can relate to this now when it comes to sin. We experience the good, the bad and the ugly in our lives, and just let them pass us by. We don't want to take the time to get clean again, to confess our sins and be renewed. We struggle, and through pride and regret, find it difficult to admit where we've gone wrong, and try to avoid getting back on the right track, to be clean. Jesus shows us that we not only need to be clean, but to be disciples who help clean the feet of those around us, and help them to live a life free of sin. Are you ready to be cleansed?
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's reading talks about Jesus gathering with the disciples at the Last Supper. He breaks bread with them, and then goes to wash each and every one of their feet, stating that they are not all clean, and in order to be one with him, they need to be cleansed. he's talking about Baptism primarily here, but also about confession, that we need to work towards being washed of Original and personal sin. It's an ongoing process and can take a constant effort, similar to that of ensuring we have a clean shower to ensure good hygiene each day. We go to confession and are cleansed of sin so that we can be spiritually cleansed, ready to start anew and conquer the world. Where do you need to be cleansed in your life? Take some time to pray and ask God to help you to attend confession and seek spiritual cleaning and renewal regularly.
Today we pray:
Thank You for showing me what it means to be clean, and that I need to do this for others as well. Help me to make a better habit at seeking confession and bringing spiritual cleaning into my life so that I may be more free as a disciple.
I pray in Your most holy name, Amen.