The Last Supper

The Last Supper by Sieger Köder

On the night before he died, Jesus had a last supper with his friends

and showed them how to remember forever

what his mission was all about, what they were supposed to do.

He got a basin of water and got down on his knees

to wash their feet, one at a time. This was just not done.

There were servants in those days to wash the dusty feet of guests.

Peter spoke up, unhappy about this, but Jesus told him

this was the way: serve each other in humility, serve the poor.

This is what he meant when he gave us his body.

Lord, help us to grow in the ministry of service,

to understand that the purpose of life is not to gain power,

possession and prestige, but simply to serve.