Welcome to Prayer Station Number One
Read: John 13 1-17,21-25
It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.
2 The evening meal was in progress, and the devil had already prompted Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus. 3 Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; 4 so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel round his waist. 5 After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped round him.
6 He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, ‘Lord, are you going to wash my feet?’
7 Jesus replied, ‘You do not realise now what I am doing, but later you will understand.’
8 ‘No,’ said Peter, ‘you shall never wash my feet.’
Jesus answered, ‘Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.’
9 ‘Then, Lord,’ Simon Peter replied, ‘not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!’
10 Jesus answered, ‘Those who have had a bath need only to wash their feet; their whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you.’ 11 For he knew who was going to betray him, and that was why he said not every one was clean.
12 When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. ‘Do you understand what I have done for you?’ he asked them. 13 ‘You call me “Teacher” and “Lord”, and rightly so, for that is what I am. 14 Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. 15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. 16 Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them……..
……..21 After he had said this, Jesus was troubled in spirit and testified, ‘Very truly I tell you, one of you is going to betray me.’
22 His disciples stared at one another, at a loss to know which of them he meant. 23 One of them, the disciple whom Jesus loved, was reclining next to him. 24 Simon Peter motioned to this disciple and said, ‘Ask him which one he means.’
25 Leaning back against Jesus, he asked him, ‘Lord, who is it?’
THERE IS MUCH TO LEARN FROM THIS STORY
But just a different question: What difference did it make to the disciples that he had washed their feet? Is the disciple leaning back against Jesus a sign of his sense of acceptance and love? How about you?
Give it a go, see what God shows you. (This is a different version)
The Lord’s Supper (Matthew 26:20-30)
Bill Gaultiere ~ Ignatian Meditation Guides ~
Ignatian Meditation Process:
Ignatius chose this Gospel reading for Week 3 of The Spiritual Exercises. Read the introduction and then “ask for the grace.” Then quietly read the passage by using your imagination to enter into the story, sensing and feeling what’s going on. Don’t analyse the passage or seek insights — experience yourself as a character in the story.
After the second reading have a “colloquy” (short, personal conversation) with the Lord. You can use the prompts and questions at the bottom to guide your prayer time and journaling (and sharing with others).
Jesus and the Twelve are in the Upper Room enjoying the Passover Feast. They’re lounging side-by-side as they eat, talking, happily anticipating the redemption of Israel, and singing. In the middle of their intimate celebration Jesus gives the unbelievably bad news that one of them will betray him to be apprehended by enemies. Judas is the traitor! Then Jesus institutes communion by breaking bread and passing the cup of wine, saying they are his body and blood. In this way he gives himself for them all, apparently including even Judas. (Matthew, Mark, and John imply this.)
Ask For the Grace
Father God, I ask for the grace I desire: for sorrow, regret, and confusion because the Lord is going to his Passion for my sins.
Imagine Yourself in the Gospel: Matthew 26 (MSG) 20-21
After sunset, he and the Twelve were sitting around the table. During the meal, he said, “I have something hard but important to say to you: One of you is going to hand me over to the conspirators.”
22 They were stunned, and then began to ask, one after another, “It isn’t me, is it, Master?”
23-24 Jesus answered, “The one who hands me over is someone I eat with daily, one who passes me food at the table. In one sense the Son of Man is entering into a way of treachery well-marked by the Scriptures—no surprises here. In another sense that man who turns him in, turns traitor to the Son of Man—better never to have been born than do this!”
25 Then Judas, already turned traitor, said, “It isn’t me, is it, Rabbi?” Jesus said, “Don’t play games with me, Judas.”
26-29 During the meal, Jesus took and blessed the bread, broke it, and gave it to his disciples: “Take, eat. This is my body.”
Taking the cup and thanking God, he gave it to them: “Drink this, all of you. This is my blood, God’s new covenant poured out for many people for the forgiveness of sins.”
“I’ll not be drinking wine from this cup again until that new day when I’ll drink with you in the kingdom of my Father.”
30 They sang a hymn and went directly to Mount Olives.
VISUALISE YOURSELF IN THE GOSPEL STORY
Don’t seek intellectual insights — stay with the imagery. Use your senses to see, touch, feel, and hear. What part of the story are you drawn to? Which character do you identify with? Or are you a bystander?
EXPERIENCE THE STORY IN THE ROLE OF THE CHARACTER GOD LED YOU TO
Then talk with the Lord. What do you feel? How does this relate to something in your life today? What is God saying to you?
The Lords Prayer
We are being told to wash our hands regularly….. apparently praying the Lord’s Prayer takes about 20 seconds, so that is a good way to spend the time!
Watch this version of the Prayer and Pray with them.