April 29. Wayne added his thoughts,” In these weeks after Easter Jesus kept on calling on his disciples to believe in him and in his Father and to be true to his teaching. He also spoke of the coming of the Spirit as comforter and teacher. In John’s gospel he refers to walking in the light and avoiding darkness without really spelling out ways in which the light is the good and the dark is the evil. But the example of washing their feet is showing them a new way of practicing authority, justice not abusive power, humility and tender loving care for those who are weaker or those under one’s care. I was fascinated when I heard that Pope Francis himself washed the feet of Muslims and prisoners one year at Eastertime.”
When Jesus had washed the feet of his disciples he said to them, “Truly, truly I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him.“ John 13:16-20 Pope Francis: In my fraternal meeting with the Grand Imam Ahmad Al-Tayyeb we declared that religions must never incite war, hateful attitudes, hostility and extremism. These tragic realities are the consequences of a deviation from religious teachings. They result from a political manipulation of religions and interpretations made by religious groups who have taken advantage of the power of religious sentiment in the hearts of men and women. God, the Almighty has no need to be defended by anyone and does not want his name to be used to terrorise people. FT 285. Reflect, share, pray for a growth in fraternity and tolerance between people of different faiths.