August 22, 2019

OUR EXAMPLE: Jn13:13-14

Then after he had washed their feet and taken his garments, being set down again, he said to them: Know you what I have done to you? You call me Master and Lord. And you say well: for so I am. “If then I being your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that as I have done to you, so you do also.” (Jn13:12-14)

In washing the feet of disciples who were already washed and clean, the Lord instituted a sign, to the end that….. we might know that we are NOT exempt from sin; which He thereafter washes away by interceding for us…. What connection then, can such an understanding of the passage have with that which He afterwards gave Himself, when he explained the reason of His Act in the words, “ If I then your Lord and Master, have washed your feet, ye also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an EXAMPLE, that ye should do as I do as I have done to you?” .. . Let us listen to the Apostle James, who states this precept with the greatest clearness when he says, “Confess your faults one to another, and pray for one another.” (Jas5:16). For of this also the Lord gave us the example. For if He who neither has nor had, nor will have any sin, prays for our sins, how much more ought we to pray for one another’s in turn!

On the Thursday before Easter, called Holy or Maundy Thursday, four events are remembered: the Last Supper, the Foot-Washing of the Apostles by Jesus, the prayer of Christ in Gethsemane, and the Arrest of Jesus. [

And IF He forgives us, whom, we have nothing to forgive; how much more ought we, who are unable to live here without sin, to forgive one another! – extrapolates:

Confession – “Straw of James?”:

There goes that St James, First Bishop of Jerusalem, once again smashing Martin Luther’s heresies with The Truth.. (Jas5:16) Certainly we know, confessing our sins to one another means Confession to the Bishop. ( later granted to priests& monks). We could deny the Church and act like Martin Luther, the Augustinian monk who pretends not to know St Augustine who’s Habit he accepted,….. but FOCUS won’t let you . BECAUSE Augustine also wrote:

Confession [“reconciliation”] breaks the “Binding of Sin!”

And Augustine speaking on the sermon of the Apostles’ Creed, “After the mention of the Holy Church is placed remission of sins. For it by this that the Church on earth STANDS. “What was lost was found is saved from being lost again.” {posted previously on this blog. See Apostles’ Credo Tab on home page}

And about the Church: Every time we receive ABSOLUTION, [through our priests Church’s Sacramental administers (see 1Tim ch3&5)] from the Creator, something greater than the Creation of the World takes place.


What Augustine means by this “binding of sin” is God’s Natural Law of Order: The binding power of sin is the contract of “life” with our soul, and her Creator of the universe. Yet, Jesus grants this Glorious reconciliation for our sinfulness, through His Church, granting her powers of “Binding and Loosening”. (Jn20:23) “[Jesus] said therefore again to them, Peace [be] to you: as the Father sent me forth, I also send you. [Apostles and his Successors] And having said this, he breathed into [them], and says to them, Receive [the] Holy Spirit: whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted to them; whose soever [sins] ye retain, they are retained.” (Jn20:21-23)

Augustine also said of this Catholic Church, “She is The Hospital for Sinners”

Of course, IF you are a Protestant or an Atheist, you tend to ignore these bible verses, Augustine’s words, this Holy Thursday Tradition, and remain in your unbelief. End …see below for Daily Indulgence, The Raccolta #11:

“Teach me, O Lord, to do thy will for Thou art my God.” [Ps142:10; 500 days indulgence, plenary if invoked daily for 1 month (S.P. Ap., Jan20,1921 and Oct4,1933).

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