Is. 61:1-3a, 6a, 8b-9 Rv. 1:5-8 Lk. 4:16-21
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“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because God has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor. The Lord has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord.” Luke 4:18
Tonight is about relationships. Jesus takes a little personal time with his closest friends and tries to bring it all together for them. “This is my body and blood.” In other words, you are my body and blood.
Jesus is telling his disciples, telling us: “We are together now. Take. Eat. Drink. Oh, and one last thing. I shall wash your feet. I, the one you call teacher and master, am going to kneel down before you and wash your feet.”
There are many things about those days we can’t really understand. Time and custom and context have a way of obscuring the depth of meaning of what was going on. Not in this case. “Wash my feet? You?! Never!” The significance of the act is visceral. It crosses the ages and strikes us at our core. We share Peter’s uncomfortable bewilderment. Yet, like Peter, we are invited to surrender our vision of teacher, master, Messiah. We are invited to see the world as God sees it. To engage the world as God does. We are invited to be the body of Christ.
Jesus’ work with his friends is coming to a close. This is the last lesson before things get really crazy. He has one last chance to get through to them. “Remember me. Remember what I taught you. Remember what I did and why I came. Remember. Surrender. Re-member.”
Tomorrow is going to be a difficult day. But tonight is about relationships. Tonight is our chance to gather together, to re-member who Jesus is and why he was sent to us. And how we are to continue on.
Stephen Belt, Flight Training Director at Parks College