Acts of the Apostles 13:13-25
Paul and his friends went by sea from Paphos to Perga in Pamphylia where John left them to go back to Jerusalem. The others carried on from Perga till they reached Antioch in Pisidia. Here they went to synagogue on the sabbath and took their seats. After the lessons from the Law and the Prophets had been read, the presidents of the synagogue sent them a message: ‘Brothers, if you would like to address some words of encouragement to the congregation, please do so.’ Paul stood up, held up a hand for silence and began to speak:
‘Men of Israel, and fearers of God, listen! The God of our nation Israel chose our ancestors, and made our people great when they were living as foreigners in Egypt; then by divine power he led them out, and for about forty years took care of them in the wilderness. When he had destroyed seven nations in Canaan, he put them in possession of their land for about four hundred and fifty years. After this he gave them judges, down to the prophet Samuel. Then they demanded a king, and God gave them Saul son of Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin. After forty years, he deposed him and made David their king, of whom he approved in these words, “I have selected David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart, who will carry out my whole purpose.” To keep his promise, God has raised up for Israel one of David’s descendants, Jesus, as Saviour, whose coming was heralded by John when he proclaimed a baptism of repentance for the whole people of Israel. Before John ended his career he said, “I am not the one you imagine me to be; that one is coming after me and I am not fit to undo his sandal.”’
After he had washed the feet of his disciples, Jesus said to them:
‘I tell you most solemnly,
no servant is greater than his master,
no messenger is greater than the man who sent him.
‘Now that you know this, happiness will be yours if you behave accordingly. I am not speaking about all of you: I know the ones I have chosen; but what scripture says must be fulfilled: Someone who shares my table rebels against me.
‘I tell you this now, before it happens,
so that when it does happen
you may believe that I am He.
I tell you most solemnly,
whoever welcomes the one I send welcomes me,
and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me.’
I am not fit to undo his sandal… He had washed the feet of his disciples
At the end of each day, one of the things I look forward to is taking my shoes off and stretching my feet. I also like putting my feet up on the edge of my living room table and having them catch the breeze from the fan. It is reward to the feet which have carried and supported me throughout the day. However, I would not do this if there were any food nearby or if anyone was sitting at the table. The thing about feet is that they, by virtue of being in contact with the ground, are considered dirty, no matter how much you have cleaned them.
Today’s readings remind me of the song this reflection takes its title from. John professed that he was not worthy to even touch the feet of Christ. This indicates the extent of Jesus’ glory. This was the same Christ who was so humble as to wash the feet of his disciples. This washing which we commemorated not that long ago in turn personifies the beauty of the message He brought. He whose feet rested on mountains uses those same feet to reach out to us. He whose feet, grounded in faith, walked on water invites us to walk with Him.
Just as our feet grow tired after a long day, so may our spiritual feet grow weary as we journey with Christ. Be sure though that the Lord understands, having gone through the same. He is the cool breeze and cool water that re-energises us. Be sure also, my brothers and sisters, that those lovely feet that bring Good News are our own feet as well. Let us continue walking on with sure-footedness.
(Today’s OXYGEN by Aloysius Ting)
Prayer: We pray for all who are unable to stand or walk, that they will always have support from family and friends.
Thanksgiving: We give thanks to the Lord for simple comforts.
Fri, 20 May – Acts of the Apostles 13:26-33; John 14:1-6; Memorial for St Bernadine of Siena, Priest
Sat, 21 May – Acts of the Apostles 13:44-52; John 14:7-14; Memorial for Ss Christopher Magallanes, Priest and Companions, Martyrs
Sun, 22 May – Acts of the Apostles 6:1-7; 1 Peter 2:4-9; John 14:1-12; Fifth Sunday of Easter