Daily Gospel Reflection for May 11, 2017


Today’s Gospel: John 13:16-20

Today’s gospel passage from John provides another portion of the “to be continued” vignette the evangelist has been sharing with us as he invites us into that moment of the “Last Supper” when Jesus humbles himself before his disciples. Having just cleansed his followers’ feet (even amidst Peter’s initial protestations), the master becomes teacher, explaining why he has humbled himself to the point of becoming a servant. The ritual foot washing is not simply an act of welcome, but also an object lesson in what is to come for the disciples. They will be called into a future of extreme service to others.

Jesus’ humility must definitely have come to their minds in the following months and years when the Apostles became the “messengers”, sharing the Good News of Christ’s teachings. How tempted they might have been to fall into the trap of vanity or self-righteousness! I know that in my own way, I fall too often into the trap of judging, condemning or pitying others, finding myself in some way “superior” because of my religious background. How easy it is from the comfort and safety our pews on Sunday morning to cast aspersions on those around us without really having any sense of what’s really going on in their homes or their hearts.

By washing his disciples’ feet, by reminding them that they would be called to do the same–literally and figuratively for one another and for those members of the flock yet to come to know him through their words and deeds–Jesus reminds you and me that in our own way, we are called constantly into the service of those around us. Often, our service is humble, lowly and mundane. As we set out today to wipe the tears of our little ones, to wash the stains of our spouses’ clothing, to mop the muddy floors and to tackle the many other small moments of service that will come our way, let us remember Jesus’ words to those he loved:

“If you understand this, blessed are you if you do it.”


Is there a task or service I must perform today that is causing me to feel frustrated, overwhelmed, or annoyed? How can I offer this as a sign of love for the one I am serving and an act of gratitude for the ONE who gave all to save me?


Jesus, my master and teacher, thank you for sending me to love those around me as you loved. Help me to serve humbly, lovingly and with faith today and always.


Copyright 2017 Lisa Hendey

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Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of CatholicMom.com and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa's articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at www.LisaHendey.com for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.

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