We begin our prayer: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Almighty ever-living God, who have restored us to life by the blessed Death and Resurrection of your Christ, preserve in us the work of your mercy, that, by partaking of this mystery, we may have a life unceasingly devoted to you. Through Christ our Lord.
Reading (Lectio) Read the following Scripture two or three times. John 13:1-15 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. The devil had already induced Judas, son of Simon the Iscariot, to hand him over. So, during supper, fully aware that the Father had put everything 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 the towel around his waist. He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Master, are you going to wash my feet?” Jesus answered and said to him, “What I am doing, you do not understand now, but you will understand later.” Peter said to him, “You will never wash my feet.” Jesus answered him, “Unless I wash you, you will have no inheritance with me.” Simon Peter said to him, “Master, then not only my feet, but my hands and head as well.” Jesus said to him, “Whoever has bathed has no need except to have his feet washed, for he is clean all over; so you are clean, but not all.” For he knew who would betray him; for this reason, he said, “Not all of you are clean.” 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 also do.”
Meditation (Meditatio) After the reading, take some time to reflect in silence on one or more of the following questions:
What word or words in this passage caught your attention?
What in this passage comforted you?
What in this passage challenged you? If practicing lectio divina as a family or in a group, after the reflection time, invite the participants to share their responses.
Prayer (Oratio): Read: the Scripture passage one more time. Bring to the Lord the praise, petition, or thanksgiving that the Word inspires in you.
Contemplation (Contemplatio) Read: Scriptures again, followed by this reflection: What conversion of mind, heart, and life is the Lord asking of me? He had come from God and was returning to God. Where have I come from? Where am I going? What I am doing, you do not understand now, but you will understand later. What parts of my faith do I struggle to understand? How can I grow in my understanding of God and his Church? I have given you a model to follow, so that as I have done for you, you should also do. What acts of service is God calling me to? How do I share my faith in Jesus through my actions? After a period of silent reflection and/or discussion, then recite the Lord’s Prayer and the following: Closing Prayer: How shall I make a return to the LORD for all the good he has done for me? The cup of salvation I will take up, and I will call upon the name of the LORD . Precious in the eyes of the LORD is the death of his faithful ones. I am your servant, the son of your handmaid; you have loosed my bonds. To you will I offer sacrifice of thanksgiving, and I will call upon the name of the LORD . My vows to the LORD I will pay in the presence of all his people. From Psalm 116 Living the Word This Week How can I make my life a gift for others in charity? Prayerfully consider ways that you can serve your brothers and sisters, especially the poor and marginalized.
The Paschal Triduum or Easter Triduum, Holy Triduum, or the Three Days, is the period of three days that begins with the liturgy on the evening of Maundy Thursday, reaches its high point in the Easter Vigil, and closes with evening prayer on Easter Sunday. It is a moveable observance recalling the Passion, Crucifixion, Death, burial, and Resurrection of Jesus, as portrayed in the canonical Gospels.
Jesus went unto the mount of Olives And early in the morning he came again into the temple and all the people came unto him and he sat down and taught them And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery and when they had set her in the midst
They say unto him Master Teacher this woman was taken in adultery in the very act Now Moses in the law commanded us that such should be stoned but what do you say?
This they said tempting him that they might have to accuse him But, Jesus stooped down and with his finger wrote on the ground as though he heard them not So when they continued asking him he lifted up himself and said unto them “He that is without sin among you let him first cast a stone at her”
And again he stooped down and wrote on the ground And they which heard it being convicted by their own conscience went out one by one beginning at the eldest even unto the last and Jesus was left alone and the woman standing in the midst. When Jesus had lifted up himself and saw none but the woman he said unto her “Woman where are those thine accusers hath no man condemned you?” She said “No man Lord” And Jesus said unto her “Neither do I condemn thee go and sin no more”
Then spoke Jesus again unto them saying “ I am the light of the world, he that follows the straight path as me shall not walk in darkness shall have the light of life”. The Pharisees therefore said unto him “Thou bearest record of thyself thy record is not true”.
Jesus answered and said unto them “Though I bear record of myself yet my record is true!” “I know where I came and where I go, but you cannot tell where I come from and where I’m going”.
“You judge after the flesh!” “I judge no man”. “If I judge my judgment is true!” “I Am not Alone” “I Am and the Father that sent me.” “It is also written in your law that the testimony of two men is true.” “I Am one that bear witness of myself and The Father that sent me beareth witness of Me”.
Then said they unto him “Where is your Father?” Jesus answered “You neither know Me nor My Father if you had known Me —you should have known My Father also.” These words spake Jesus in the treasury as he taught in the temple and no man laid hands on him for his hour was not yet come. Then said Jesus again unto them “I go my way and you shall seek me and shall die in your sins where I go you cannot come.” Then said the Jews “Will he kill himself —because he saith Whither I go ye cannot come?”
And he said unto them “You are from beneath— I Am from above —You are of this world —-I am not of this world.” “I said therefore unto you that you shall die in your sins—- if you believe not —-that I Am He you shall die in your sins.” Then said they unto him “Who are you?” And Jesus saith unto them “Even the same that I said to you from the beginning.” “I have many things to say and to judge of you —-He that sent me is true!” “ I speak to the world those things which I have heard from Him.”
They understood Not that he spoke to them of the Father. Then said Jesus unto them “When you have lifted up the Son of man— then shall you know —- I Am He—- and that I do nothing of myself—- as My Father hath taught me I speak these things.” “He that sent me is with Me —-The Father has not left me alone—- for I do always those things that please and honor him.” As he spake these words many believed in him. Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him
Jew I dzu:| a member of the people and cultural community whose traditional religion (Jerusalem) and who trace their origins through the ancient Hebrew people of Israel to Abraham: ORIGIN Middle English: from Old French juiu, via Latin from Greek loudaios, via Aramaic from Hebrew yèhúdi, from yèhúdäh
the English word \”Jews\” as found in most New Testament translations and versions is an incorrect rendering of the Greek word loudaios (#2453) in Strong\’s Concordance
Considering the definition of this Greek word the most appropriate translation is \”Judeans\” since the word denotes a geographical location instead of a race — referring to people from the area of Judea and those adhering to their culture. We also learned that the people called \”Jews\” today have little or no racial relation to the \”Judeans\” mentioned in the Scriptures
They answered him “We are Abraham\’s seed and were never in bondage to any man how do you say we shall be made free?”
When the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship and daughtership. Because you are his sons and daughters, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Father.” So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir. Galatians 4:4-7
History & Scriptures Hagar and Sarah
Tell me, you who want to be under the law, are you not aware of what the law says? For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by the slave woman and the other by the free woman. His son by the slave woman was born according to the flesh, but his son by the free woman was born as the result of a divine promise.
The women represent two covenants. One covenant is from Mount Sinai and bears children who are to be slaves: This is Hagar. Now Hagar stands for Mount Sinai in Arabia and corresponds to the present city of Jerusalem, because she is in slavery with her children. But that Jerusalem which is above is free; the same is our mother.
The Jerusalem that is above is free, and she is our mother. For it is written:
Tell me, you who desire to be under the law, have you not read the law? For it is written that Abraham had two sons: one by a servant woman, and one by a free woman. And he who was of the servant was born according to the flesh. But he who was of the free woman was born by the promise. These things are said through an allegory. For these represent the two testaments. Certainly the one, on Mount Sinai, gives birth unto servitude, which is Hagar. For Sinai is a mountain in Arabia, which is related to the Jerusalem of the present time, and it serves with her sons. But, that Jerusalem which is above is free; the same is our mother.
Now we, brothers, like Isaac, are sons of the promise. But just as then, he who was born according to the flesh persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, so also it is today.
And what does Scripture say? “Cast out the woman servant and her son. For the son of a servant women shall not be an heir with the son of a free woman.” Therefore, brothers and sisters, we are not children of the slave woman, but of the free woman.—-Galatians 4:21-31
——Jesus answered them “Truly, Certainly —I say unto you —-Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin” A servant of sin can not abide within the house for ever —- The Son shall abideth forever.” “If the Son therefore shall make you free you shall be free indeed!”
“ I know that you are Abraham\’s seed — you seek to kill me ——because My Word—— has no place in you.”
“ I speak that which I have seen —-with my Father —-and you do that which you have seen with your father.”
They answered and said unto him “Abraham is our father”
Jesus saith unto them “If you were Abraham\’s children you would do the works of Abraham.
“Now you seek to kill me ——a Man that hath told you the truth ——which I have heard of God—-Abraham did this not.”
“You do the deeds of your father”.
Then said they to him “We be not born of fornication —-we have One Father even God.”
Jesus said unto them “If God were your Father—- You would love me ——-
“ I proceeded forth and came from God.”
“Neither came I of myself.”
“He sent me!”
“Why do you not understand my speech or my Word?”
“Because you cannot hear my word.”- full of justice and truth
“You are of your father the devil and the lusts of your father ye will do!”
“He was a murderer from the beginning—- and abode not in the truth— there is no truth in him.”
“When he speaketh a lie he speaketh of his own ——-for he is a liar and the father of it.”
“I’m telling you the truth you believe me not—- Which of you convinceth me of sin ——And if I say the truth why do you not believe me?”
“They that are of God hears God\’s words!”
“You hear them not ——because ye are not of God.”
Then answered them “How do you say we aren’t well, you are a Samaritan and hast a devil.”
Jesus answered “I have not a devil————— “I honor my Father —-You do dishonour me. —-“I seek not mine own glory there is One that seeketh and judgeth. Truly, certainly —-I say to you—- If a man keeps my saying—- he shall never see death.”
Then said the they unto him “Now we know that you hast a devil— Abraham is dead and the prophets —-and thou sayest If a man keep my saying he shall never taste of death?”
“Are you greater than our father Abraham which is dead and the prophets are dead whom your making yourself out to be?”
Jesus answered “If I honour myself my honour is nothing —-it is My Father that honoureth me ——of whom you say that he is your God.”
“Yet you have not known him ——I know him ——and if I should say I know him not I shall be a liar like unto you ——-I know him and keep his saying.”
“Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day and he saw it and was glad.”
Then said them unto him “Thou art not yet fifty years old —-how have you seen Abraham?”
Jesus said unto them “Truly, certainly—- I say to you ——Before Abraham was I Am.”
Then took they up stones to cast at him but Jesus hid himself and went out of the temple going through the midst of them and so passed by.