I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. – John 13.34-35
As we begin Holy Week and look toward the Cross, we are reminded that Jesus spent his final hours with his closest friends. He ate with them, and then he washed their feet. He did this as an example of servant leadership – ministry with. After he had done this, he gave them a new commandment to love one another, "just as I have loved you." As you read the stories of Mark and Brandon this week, and then journey with your faith community through Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, consider the following:
How can I live into the new commandment that Jesus gave his disciples as they shared their final meal together? How can my church follow Jesus' model of servant leadership in ways that address the real needs of real people in North Texas? How might Jesus be calling me in this final week of Lent to make a commitment and sacrifice of my time, my resources, my voice, my partnership, my friendship – so that my neighbors, my siblings in the family of faith, might know that I am a true disciple?
I want Jesus to walk with me, I want Jesus to walk with me; all along my pilgrim journey, Lord, I want Jesus to walk with me. Amen. (African American Spiritual) Walking with Jesus means walking in solidarity with those who suffer. Giving of your time, talents, prayers, and resources are all ways we can show solidarity. As we enter this final week of our Lenten journey, let our giving of an hour’s wage each week serve as one way we are “giving up poverty” through solidarity with our neighbors in the 75215 and 75426 zip codes. Amen.