Connecting to the Larger Story
As Jesus continued his ministry, the conflict with the religious authorities continued to escalate, and Jesus knew that his time was drawing to an end. Just before the Passover feast, he entered Jerusalem to the jubilation of many of the pilgrims on the road with him. He spent several days teaching and pointing out the corruption of the worship in the temple by the rich and powerful. The Passover arrived, the time when the people remembered God's delivering them from the land of Egypt.
Important to Note
1) As they shared in the Passover meal, Jesus told his disciples that he would not be with them much longer. He instructed them to continue in breaking bread and sharing the cup as a way of remembering him.
2) As they prepared for the meal, Jesus asked the disciples to allow him to wash their feet. This was highly unusual for someone in a position of power (a teacher to a disciple, for instance) to humble one's self by washing the feet of others. Through this, Jesus gave his disciples the example of serving one another even if they thought of others as beneath them. At the end of the meal, Jesus began to teach, to pray, and to give a new commandment to his disciples: to love one another as he loved them.
Thoughts for Reflection
1) What difference does it make that Jesus' last meal coincided with the Passover?
2) What does it mean to love as Jesus loves?