– Thursday 4th week of Easter –
“Whoever receives one whom I send receives me…” [John 13:16-20]
“Very Truly, I tell you, whoever receives one whom I send receives me; and whoever receives me receives him who sent me.”
Today’s Gospel is the tail end of the washing of the feet, where Jesus teaches us what real service looks like. Jesus isn’t afraid to be undignified in the way that he loves his disciples by serving them out of true humility.
As the Gospel goes on it is hard to ignore that humility really is at the heart of the message Jesus is speaking to us today. Too often we can get wrapped up in false humility and serve for the sake of appearance; forgetting that Jesus told us that the servant is no greater than the master, nor the messenger than the one who sent them. The question that is being presented to us today is “am I humble enough to recognise and receive Jesus when he comes to me in circumstances, and through people I was not expecting?”
Not only must we be willing to truly serve, but we also need to be willing to receive.
My prayer for us today is that we would not miss anything Jesus is trying to teach us out of pride, and that the posture of our hearts would be that of openness – receptive to all that he is doing, so that we are able to respond accordingly.
by Anne-Marie Williams
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