Communion Meditation – John 13:3-5 and Stuck-on Dirt
In the coupon section of the Sunday newspaper I found a good story. Opposite a coupon for Cascade dishwasher detergent I find an advertisement saying, “Cascade Platinum cleans stuck-on food in one wash.” That’s a good story.
I have a better story. Read John 13:3-5. It says:
(3) Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God;
(4) so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist.
(5) After that he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciple’s feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.
The time is the Passover. The place is Jerusalem in an upper room. Jesus’ disciples had traveled the dusty, dirty roads to make their way to this last supper with Jesus before he is crucified.
Before the supper Jesus washes the feet of the disciples. He did not turn one away, not even Judas. He did not send any to the back of the line saying their feet were too dirty. He washed their feet clean, one and all.
That story is a symbol of Jesus willing reception of all who would come to him for cleansing and forgiveness. As we receive the loaf and the cup during communion today may we remember that in love Jesus invites us to share in his forgiveness and renewal. The stuck-on stains of sin are no match for the cleansing touch of the Master.