The Last Supper Luke 22.14-23 

When the hour came, Jesus took his place at the table with the apostles.  He said to them, ‘I have wanted so much to eat this Passover meal with you before I suffer!  For I tell you, I will never eat it until it is given its full meaning in the Kingdom of God.’

Then Jesus took a cup, gave thanks to God, and said, ‘Take this and share it among yourselves. I tell you that from now on I will not drink this wine until the Kingdom of God comes.’

Then he took a piece of bread, gave thanks to God, broke it, and gave it to them, saying, ‘This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in memory of me.’  In the same way, he gave them the cup after the supper, saying, ‘This cup is God’s new covenant sealed with my blood, which is poured out for you.’

Then Jesus said: ‘But, look! The one who betrays me is here at the table with me!  The Son of Man will die as God has decided, but how terrible for that man who betrays him!’

Then they began to ask among themselves which one of them it could be who was going to do this.


Jesus washes his disciples’ feet John 13.3-17

Jesus knew that the Father had given him complete power; he knew that he had come from God and was going to God.  So he rose from the table, took off his outer garment, and tied a towel around his waist.  Then he poured some water into a washbasin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and dry them with the towel around his waist.  He came to Simon Peter, who said to him,

‘Are you going to wash my feet, Lord?’

Jesus answered him, ‘You do not understand now what I am doing, but you will understand later.’

Peter replied: ‘Never at any time will you wash my feet!’

‘If I do not wash your feet,’ Jesus answered, ‘you will no longer be my disciple.’

 Peter said: ‘Lord, do not wash only my feet, then! Wash my hands and head, too!’

Jesus said, ‘Those who have taken a bath are completely clean and do not have to wash themselves, except for their feet. All of you are clean—all except one.’

Jesus already knew who was going to betray him; that is why he said, ‘All of you, except one, are clean.’

After Jesus had washed their feet, he put his outer garment back on and returned to his place at the table. ‘Do you understand what I have just done to you?’ he asked. ‘You call me Teacher and Lord, and it is right that you do so, because that is what I am.  I, your Lord and Teacher, have just washed your feet. You, then, should wash one another’s feet.  I have set an example for you, so that you will do just what I have done for you.  I am telling you the truth: no slaves are greater than their master, and no messengers are greater than the one who sent them.  Now that you know this truth, how happy you will be if you put it into practice!’


In the garden Mark 14.32-42: 

When the disciples had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.  Jesus prayed to the Father, ‘If it is possible, take this cup of suffering from me.’  He said to his disciples, ‘Stay here, keep watch while I pray.’  But when he returned to his disciples, he found them sleeping. ‘How is it that you were not able to keep watch with me for one hour?  Rise!  Let us go, for the hour has come for the Son of Man to be handed over to the power of sinners.’


A closing prayer

May we experience the peace of God in our trouble,
hope when we are tempted to despair,
joy through our pain,
faith and courage when heaven seems silent,
and the sure knowledge that the Lord understands,
cares for us, and loves us very much. 
Amen