LAST SUPPER (HOLY
Christ took on a human body to
teach us virtue. "Learn from Me for I am MEEK and HUMBLE of
heart. And these He taught, not by words alone but by actions
The Pharisees called Christ a
Samaritan, a devil, a deceiver; they tried to cast stones at Him,
they plotted against Him, yet they found no fault in Him. And Christ
continued to do good to them , both by words and deeds. And so
to those who plotted against Him, He said, "If I have done
evil, prove it. If I have done only what is good, why do you strike
Christ had more reason to hate
Judas; because, being a disciple, having shared the same table,
having seen the miracles, his sin was worse than stoning and
insulting Christ. Yet, Christ received him in a friendly way, even
washing his feet in a last ditch effort to restrain him from his
wickedness. It was within Christ's power to have him struck down.
But, no. Christ wanted him to abandon his evil plan by choice and
not by compulsion. So, Christ washed his feet; and not even by this
was that wretched and miserable man shamed.
Now, the devil, having put into the
heart of Judas to betray Him. . .Judas was a man who had already
chosen to betray Christ.
From the beginning and even now,
Christ is teaching HUMBLEMINDEDNESS. This is the beginning and the
end of virtue. And so, ". . .having risen from supper and laid
aside His garments. . ." Christ showed more humility. He rose
from table when everyone was reclining; he put off His garments; He
girded Himself with a towel; He Himself filled the basin and washed
the feet of His disciples. . .all by Himself, without anyone
assisting Him. He even washed the feet of Judas.
Then He came to Peter. The other
apostles would also have objected but what happened to Peter
prevented them from objecting. Only Judas did not object.
Judas seems to have been the first
to recline at table; that's why Christ washed his feet first. In
eating, he was also first in dipping bread with Christ.; and, as
Christ convicted him, he felt no compassion.
But Peter, corrected once, was so
abashed. "Lord dost thou wash my feet?" "What I
am doing, you do not understand, but later you will." I am
teaching you humility and you, Peter, are disturbing My lesson by
saying: "Thou shalt not wash my feet." Peter was
preventing a good act so that he became an offense to Christ:
"If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with Me."
". . .no part with
Me." This is what Peter feared and dreaded the
most. . .to be separated from Christ. And so vehement in
deprecation, Peter became more vehement in acquiescence.
"All of you are clean. . but
not all." Who are clean? Isaias says, those who take care
of the fatherless and those who plead for the widows.
"Even if your sins are scarlet, I will make them white as
It is a most grievous thing to come
to the depths of wickedness. It is easier not to fall into sin than
to fall and try to recover. Judas threw himself into sin; though he
enjoyed great assistance from Christ, Himself, he was not able to
"If I, your Lord and Master,
have washed your feet, ye ought also to wash one another's
feet." No, this is not in imitation of Me. I am Lord and
Master, washing the feet of servants; you are servants washing the
feet of fellow servants."
St. John Chrysostom, "On
the Gospel of John"