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Jesus Washing the Feet of His Apostles
As Vincentians, we firmly believe that scripture is clear that in order to get to Heaven, Jesus has commanded us to serve the poor, and to do so personally. While donating to your favorite charity is a holy thing, it is written that we are also commanded to help others by our own sweat, too, and not just support others to do the dirty work for us.
Jesus Washing the Feet of His Apostles - John 13: 1-17
31. When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit upon his glorious throne 32. and all the nations will be assembled before him. And he will separate them one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33. He will place the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. 34.Then the king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, 36. naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.’ 37. Then the righteous will answer him and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38. When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39. When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?’ 40. And the king will say to them in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’ 41. Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you accursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42. For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, 43. a stranger and you gave me no welcome, naked and you gave me no clothing, ill and in prison, and you did not care for me.’ 44. Then they will answer and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or ill or in prison, and not minister to your needs?’ 45. He will answer them, ‘Amen, I say to you, what you did not do for one of these least ones, you did not do for me.’ 46. And these will go off to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”
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25. There was a scholar of the law who stood up to test him and said, “Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 26. Jesus said to him, “What is written in the law? How do you read it?” 27. He said in reply, “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your being, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” 28. He replied to him, “You have answered correctly; do this and you will live.”
29. But because he wished to justify himself, he said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” 30. Jesus replied, “A man fell victim to robbers as he went down from Jerusalem to Jericho. They stripped and beat him and went off leaving him half-dead. 31. A priest happened to be going down that road, but when he saw him, he passed by on the opposite side. 32. Likewise a Levite came to the place, and when he saw him, he passed by on the opposite side. 33. But a Samaritan traveler who came upon him was moved with compassion at the sight. 34. He approached the victim, poured oil and wine over his wounds and bandaged them. Then he lifted him up on his own animal, took him to an inn and cared for him. 35. The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper with the instruction, ‘Take care of him. If you spend more than what I have given you, I shall repay you on my way back.’ 36. Which of these three, in your opinion, was neighbor to the robbers’ victim?” 37. He answered, “The one who treated him with mercy.” Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”
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1. 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. 2. The devil had already induced Judas, son of Simon the Iscariot, to hand him over. So, during supper, 3. fully aware that the Father had put everything into his power and that he had come from God and was returning to God, 4. he rose from supper and took off his outer garments. He took a towel and tied it around his waist. 5. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and dry them with the towel around his waist. 6. He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Master, are you going to wash my feet?” 7. Jesus answered and said to him, “What I am doing, you do not understand now, but you will understand later.” 8. Peter said to him, “You will never wash my feet.” Jesus answered him, “Unless I wash you, you will have no inheritance with me.” 9. Simon Peter said to him, “Master, then not only my feet, but my hands and head as well.” 10. 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.” 11. For he knew who would betray him; for this reason, he said, “Not all of you are clean.”
12. 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? 13. You call me ‘teacher’ and ‘master,’ and rightly so, for indeed I am. 14. If I, therefore, the master and teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash one another’s feet. 15. I have given you a model to follow, so that as I have done for you, you should also do. 16. Amen, amen, I say to you, no slave is greater than his master nor any messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17. If you understand this, blessed are you if you do it.
Jesus Washing the Feet of His Apostles