- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read John 13
The Last Supper and Table Discourse (1) — Serve one another and love one another.
The Gospel of John wrote about Jesus’ last supper, uniquely different from that in Synaptic Gospel. Chapter 13-17 are collection of Jesus’ table discourse before he was arrested at Olive Grove(John), Gethsemane (Matthew and Mark), Mount of Olive (Luke).
Jesus knew that the end of his time, public ministry, was near. At the Passover Feast, Jesus felt compassion toward his disciples and he loved them to the last.
The first discourse at the Last Supper was to serve one another. Jesus himself set an example of serving by washing the feet of his disciples. The foot washing was Jesus’ prophetic act of his own calling, “The Son of man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:28). And Jesus called his followers to imitate him, “I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.” (v15). “Serve one another,’ is a call for Christians to embody in life.
Jesus predicted his betrayal at the Last Supper. “one of you is going to betray me.” (v21). And Jesus predicted Peter’s denial. Jesus’ prediction revealed who he was, the Messiah.
The second discourse at the Last Supper was a new commandment: “love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” To love one another as Jesus loves us does not automatically translate into one believer’s death for another, as Jesus died for us. Rather to love one another as Jesus loved us is to live a life thoroughly shaped by a love that knows no limits, by a love whose expression brings the believer closer into relationship with God, with Jesus, and with one another. To love one another is a whole new concept of the Christian faith community.
After Reading —- Reflection and prayer.
- Reflect on this question, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?
- Pray that God’s word today be the way, the life, and the truth to you.
- Live it out through the day.