Jesus absorbs our sinfulness

March 27, 2018

“Do you realise what I have done for you?” John 13:12.

I remember one of my experiences when I was young.

One afternoon, I went to a sewing machine repair shop just to have a visit and see what the repairman was doing.

I didn’t know him personally. It was the first time I had met him, but what amazed me was his welcoming gesture.

It seemed we knew each other for a long a time. He was very friendly and casual.

He asked me if I wanted to learn how to repair a sewing machine.

I said, ‘yes’, and asked him why he wants me to learn the skill.

He said, ‘‘I’m bit old now and sickly. I need a person who will inherit my skill and be capable of teaching others as well’’.

‘‘Do you realise what I have done for you?’’

That was the question of Jesus to his apostles, during the washing of the feet before the last supper meal, which they in themselves don’t understand.

Jesus knew that he was going to die.

He was demonstrating to them on how to become servant, and the understanding that anybody who wants to follow Him does not need to be afraid of dirt.

Jesus dried the feet of his apostles with towel and kissed them.

Yes! He is like a towel that absorbs the dirt of his followers. In fact, he absorbs not only our dirt, but even our own sinfulness and lets it die with him in Calvary.

Let’s talk about the towel. I know how important it is to you. But let us bring it into our spirituality.

What does the towel signify in your life? Who are the towels in your life aside from Jesus? Did they teach you something? How has it become part of your everyday life?

~ Contributed by Fr Line Abilgos of St Michael’s Catholic Church on behalf of the Combined Churches of Deniliquin.

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