Lenten Devotion: Standing under the cross

Image result for John 13:1-17, 31b-35Read John 13:1-17, 31b-35

Jesus is fully aware that he is about to be betrayed, as he shares his last supper with his closest friends. Even so, he humbles himself and washes each of the disciples’ feet,
including Judas. For us human beings, this kind of sacrificial love is difficult to understand.

Jesus said to his followers, “A slave is not greater than his master.” What does this mean for us who struggle with the pain of rejection, betrayal, and loss in our own lives?

Perhaps you will meet someone today who has betrayed your confidence, hurt you or caused you some kind of pain. As Jesus washed you in the waters of baptism, fed you at his table and continues to stand by you in your attempts to run away, remember this: while we were yet sinners Christ died for us. Stand under the cross and allow Christ’s peace to reach out through you to one who needs Christ’s mercy as much as you do.