Daily Gospel Reflection for April 17, 2014



Today’s Gospel: John 13:1-15

There is a small part of this passage that I can relate to every time I read it. There is the big lesson from Christ of humility as He washes the feet of the apostles.

But the one who learns true humility is Peter. He is thoroughly disgusted at the thought of his “Lord and teacher” doing something so beneath His place as to wash the feet of these men.  Peter argues the fact audibly, making somewhat of a scene, perhaps.

“You shall never wash my feet.”  He thinks he is giving Christ due honor in this refusal. He desires to respect Jesus by not allowing Him to do such a menial task, especially on him.

But the lesson comes when Jesus tells Peter, “If I do not wash you, you have no part in me.”

Peter truly desires to love The Lord in the best way possible.  He realizes that he cannot do this on his own terms but must submit himself to the plan of God that was planned from the beginning.  He wants to be the best follower of Christ, as we all do, but learns that becoming a follower means following, not calling all the shots.

Once he grasps the fact that he must always be obedient to Christ, trusting that His way is always best, Peter has no trouble allowing Christ to wash his feet, as well as all the rest of him. 


Do I get so caught up in trying to do everything as I think I should that I miss that quiet voice within me asking me to listen, to realize there may be another way?


Lord, we thank you for showing us humility.  Help us to understand, like Peter, that sometimes we must bend, even to what we have always known, to truly follow You.  Help us to be open to your prompting.  Amen.

Copyright 2014 Diane Schwind


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Diane Schwind is the wife of Robert and the mother of four grown children and two grandchildren on the way. They live in a small town in north Texas. Robert and Diane have a marriage and family apostolate, Balanced Families Ministries. Through this ministry they speak at seminars and conferences and offer one and two night marriage retreats sharing the teaching of the Catholic faith on marriage and family with an emphasis on Blessed John Paul II’s Theology of the Body. Diane can be reached at http://www.balancedfamiliesministries.com/ as well as their Facebook page for the apostolate, Balanced Families Ministries.

1 Comment

  1. Diane – this Gospel passage holds so much beauty, it actually often brings me to tears. One of the parts that most moves me is the portion which reads, ““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.”

    I see so much of what our Holy Father, our priests and bishops are doing and see this “you should also do” reflected. Think how amazing our world would be if we could each be humble enough to “wash the feet” of those we see around us who are in need. Thank you for a beautiful reflection!

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