At the Threshold devotion: Tuesday March 18

Share: A moment from today when you felt close to God, and a moment when you felt far from God.

Read: John 13.6-9

He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, ‘Lord, are you going to wash my feet?’ Jesus answered, ‘You do not know now what I am doing, but later you will understand.’ Peter said to him, ‘You will never wash my feet.’ Jesus answered, ‘Unless I wash you, you have no share with me.’ Simon Peter said to him, ‘Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!’


Reflect: Peter's reaction to Jesus washing the disciples feet is to first reject it because he doesn’t get it, and then, when Jesus explains it, to ask for all of him to be washed. Even though Jesus directly tells Peter that he does not understand, Peter reacts. Jesus again must explain that Peter has missed the point. Peter's enthusiasm for Jesus is obvious, but he doesn't seem to have the patience for what Jesus is actually trying to tell him.

Pray: Set a timer for two minutes, and let your mind wander over experiences of the past couple of weeks. Have there been times when you have acted without fully understanding? Has your enthusiasm led you over a boundary you should have kept? Have there been moments when a lack of complete understanding led you to reject something? Where was the Holy Spirit in these experiences? When the timer goes off, offer all these things to God and ask for the grace to seek understanding but not be bound by human limitation.

Posted on March 18, 2014 and filed under devotions, Lent.