There is an outpouring of the soul, and in that outpouring there is a language unfamiliar to outer ears, but there are moments when this unfamiliar note brings great solace. We may utter beautiful prayers, but unless we are tuned in the same rhythm, they will have no power. Our heart will remain cold and unmoved. There is a great strength in prayerful devotion. When our yearning soul prays with yearning voice from the depths of our heart, we cannot fail to reach the Lord and bring rich blessing.
| Heavenly Father|
free me from all self-interest and self-assertion.
May I shed abroad love and love alone.
May love be to me an armor and my only weapon.
May Your life-giving power fill me
And cleanse me from all arrogance.
|Blessèd are you, creator God; to you be glory and praise for ever! Your Spirit moved over the face of the waters to bring light and life to your creation. Pour out your Spirit on us this day, that we may walk as children of light and by your grace reveal your presence, Father, Son and Holy Spirit; Blessèd be God for ever!|
| Matt 10:24, 10:40|
‘A disciple is not above the teacher, nor a slave above the master; ‘Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me.
| Luke 6:40|
A disciple is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully qualified will be like the teacher.
| John 13:1-20|
Now before the festival of the Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart from this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. The devil had already put it into the heart of Judas son of Simon Iscariot to betray him. And during supper Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going to God, got up from the table, took off his outer robe, and tied a towel around himself. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was tied around him. He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, ‘Lord, are you going to wash my feet?’ Jesus answered, ‘You do not know now what I am doing, but later you will understand.’ Peter said to him, ‘You will never wash my feet.’ Jesus answered, ‘Unless I wash you, you have no share with me.’ Simon Peter said to him, ‘Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!’ Jesus said to him, ‘One who has bathed does not need to wash, except for the feet, but is entirely clean. And you are clean, though not all of you.’ For he knew who was to betray him; for this reason he said, ‘Not all of you are clean.’ After he had washed their feet, had put on his robe, and had returned to the table, he said to them, ‘Do you know what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord—and you are right, for that is what I am. So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you. Very truly, I tell you, servants are not greater than their master, nor are messengers greater than the one who sent them. If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them. I am not speaking of all of you; I know whom I have chosen. But it is to fulfil the scripture, “The one who ate my bread has lifted his heel against me.” I tell you this now, before it occurs, so that when it does occur, you may believe that I am he. Very truly, I tell you, whoever receives one whom I send receives me; and whoever receives me receives him who sent me.’