Thursday 7 May

Today is Thursday 7 May, in the fourth week of Easter.  

Maximillian sings, ‘Learning to Love Like You. Begin today in reflection on the ways you have been loved by God during the pandemic… And too on how you have loved as the Lord has loved you…   

Today’s reading is from the Gospel of John.  

John 13:16-20  

Very truly, I tell you, servants are not greater than their master, nor are messengers greater than the one who sent them. If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them. I am not speaking of all of you; I know whom I have chosen. But it is to fulfil the scripture, “The one who ate my bread has lifted his heel against me.” I tell you this now, before it occurs, so that when it does occur, you may believe that I am he. Very truly, I tell you, whoever receives one whom I send receives me; and whoever receives me receives him who sent me.’

In today’s reading the disciples are reminded that to follow Jesus is to serve. Jesus chooses his followers and blesses them in all they do. But he is also aware that he will be betrayed by someone who is present, someone he loves. Jesus wants his friends to understand that this is necessary and that they will remain in his love. Imagine that you are among that group of disciples. How do you feel as you sit among them? How do you react to these words?  

Do you identify with service as being known, trusted and sent? In the present pandemic, the role of service has spread outside the norms. How have you responded to the needs of your community, to your own sense of responsibility and service? Are there ways or situations in which this is difficult for you?  

As you listen to the reading again, consider, have you been able to accept the servant’s role?  

Jesus takes the time to reassure his disciples. Allow his loving presence to be before you now as you respond to his call.    

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen