John 13
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Jesus Washes His Disciples’ Feet

1Before the feast day of the Passover, Jesus knew that the hour was approaching when he would pass from this world to the Father. And since he had always loved his own who were in the world, he loved them unto the end. 2And when the meal had taken place, when the devil had now put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon, to betray him, 3knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands and that he came from God and was going to God, 4he rose up from the meal, and he set aside his vestments, and when he had received a towel, he wrapped it around himself.

5Next he put water into a shallow bowl, and he began to wash the feet of the disciples and to wipe them with the towel with which he was wrapped. 6And then he came to Simon Peter. And Peter said to him, “Lord, would you wash my feet?” 7Jesus responded and said to him: “What I am doing, you do not now understand. But you shall understand it afterward.” 8Peter said to him, “You shall never wash my feet!” Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you will have no place with me.” 9Simon Peter said to him, “Then Lord, not only my feet, but also my hands and my head!” 10Jesus said to him: “He who is washed need only wash his feet, and then he will be entirely clean. And you are clean, but not all.” 11For he knew which one would betray him. For this reason, he said, “You are not all clean.”

12And so, after he washed their feet and received his vestments, when he had sat down at table again, he said to them: “Do you know what I have done for you? 13You call me Teacher and Lord, and you speak well: for so I am. 14Therefore, if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash the feet of one another. 15For I have given you an example, so that just as I have done for you, so also should you do. 16Amen, amen, I say to you, the servant is not greater than his Lord, and the apostle is not greater than he who sent him. 17If you understand this, you shall be blessed if you will do it.

Jesus Predicts His Betrayal
(Psalm 41:1–13)

18I am not speaking about all of you. I know those whom I have chosen. But this is so that the Scripture may be fulfilled, ‘He who eats bread with me shall lift up his heel against me.’ 19And I tell you this now, before it happens, so that when it has happened, you may believe that I am. 20Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever receives anyone whom I send, receives me. And whoever receives me, receives him who sent me.”

21When Jesus had said these things, he was troubled in spirit. And he bore witness by saying: “Amen, amen, I say to you, that one among you shall betray me.” 22Therefore, the disciples looked around at one another, uncertain about whom he spoke. 23And leaning against the bosom of Jesus was one of his disciples, the one whom Jesus loved. 24Therefore, Simon Peter motioned to this one and said to him, “Who is it that he is speaking about?” 25And so, leaning against the chest of Jesus, he said to him, “Lord, who is it?” 26Jesus responded, “It is he to whom I shall extend the dipped bread.” And when he had dipped the bread, he gave it to Judas Iscariot, son of Simon. 27And after the morsel, Satan entered into him. And Jesus said to him, “What you are going to do, do quickly.” 28Now none of those sitting at table knew why he had said this to him. 29For some were thinking that, because Judas held the purse, that Jesus had told him, “Buy those things which are needed by us for the feast day,” or that he might give something to the needy. 30Therefore, having accepted the morsel, he went out immediately. And it was night.

Love One Another
(Romans 12:9–13; 1 John 3:11–24)

31Then, when he had gone out, Jesus said: “Now the Son of man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him. 32If God has been glorified in him, then God will also glorify him in himself, and he will glorify him without delay. 33Little sons, for a brief while, I am with you. You shall seek me, and just as I said to the Jews, ‘Where I am going, you are not able to go,’ so also I say to you now. 34I give you a new commandment: Love one another. Just as I have loved you, so also must you love one another. 35By this, all shall recognize that you are my disciples: if you will have love for one another.”

Jesus Predicts Peter’s Denial
(Matthew 26:31–35; Mark 14:27–31; Luke 22:31–38)

36Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, where are you going?” Jesus responded: “Where I am going, you are not able to follow me now. But you shall follow afterward.” 37Peter said to him: “Why am I unable to follow you now? I will lay down my life for you!” 38Jesus answered him: “You will lay down your life for me? Amen, amen, I say to you, the rooster will not crow, until you deny me three times.”

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