Catholic Men’s Daily Devotional and Bible Study – Fourth Week of Easter – Thursday – John 13:16-20
The daily Gospel reading from the Mass for Thursday of the Fourth Week of Easter is John 13:16-20.
Following His triumphant entry into Jerusalem, Christ prepares the Apostles for their world wide mission. He gathers the Apostles in the Upper Room and sets the example of humble love by washing their feet. Now, Christ exhorts the Apostles to follow His example and reveals that He is to be betrayed by one of them (Judas).
Christ makes His expectations clear to the Apostles. The Son of God, the Master (the One who sends), has stooped in humility to serve the Apostles (those sent) and they, who are infinitely less than the Master, must do the same. Christ promises that those who learn Christ’s ways and humbly serve others will be blessed. Christ reveals the startling truth that the Apostles are emissaries, not only of Christ but of the Father and that by their humble service others can actually receive the Father and the Son.
Christ also further manifests His Divinity by mysteriously revealing His betrayal. Referring to a thousand year old prophesy (Psalms 41:9), Christ confirms that “He who ate My bread has lifted his heel against Me”, indicating that one of them will betray Him; Christ confirms that He is purposefully revealing this to help the Apostles continue to believe in Him when the Passion occurs.
Awed by Jesus Christ – Person of the Trinity, Christ inspires Scripture across time which reveal aspects of Him and His plan of Salvation History. Son of God, Christ has full knowledge of hidden and future things. Divine Prophet, Christ uses Scripture He inspired to reveal things about the future. Divine King, Christ calls and perfectly equips His Apostles to evangelize the world through His words and deeds.
Being a Heroic Catholic Man
1) It is mind boggling to consider that Christ inspired King David to write the Psalms and 1000 years later, in the Incarnation, Christ uses the same Psalms to prophesize about the future.
2) Christ’s humble example in the washing of the Apostles’ feet and His willing death on the Cross has inspired the greatest men in history. During Easter, redouble your commitment to Imitate Christ (CCC 1693-1696) and pray for Him to give you the grace to be a humble servant to others.
3) Christ offers a stark contrast between His chosen who bring the Gospel to the world and those who deny and betray Him. During Easter, pray for Christ to help you serve Him and to never betray Him.
Spiritual Practices – Include in Today’s Prayers
Sacred Mystery of Rosary – The Luminous Mysteries
Daily Devotion – The Holy Eucharist
Virtue of the Day – Fortitude
Corporal Work of Mercy – To shelter the homeless
Spiritual Work of Mercy – To bear wrongs patiently