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By Fr. Thomas F. Dailey, O.S.F.S, Catholic Exchange, July 9, 2021

Fr. Thomas Dailey holds the John Cardinal Foley Chair of Homiletics & Social Communications at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. …

This article is adapted from a chapter in Fr. Dailey’s latest book, Behold This Heart: St. Francis de Sales and Devotion to the Sacred Heart.

John 15:9–17: Biblical Narration

After the tearful detour to Bethany, Jesus enters the holy city of Jerusalem. Joyous acclamations accompany Him, but He knows that the hour of His suffering and death is drawing near. Before that hour arrives, and away from the misguided crowds, He takes the opportunity to provide His apostles with a few final lessons, the thrust of which He will enact in the coming week.

Prior to His “farewell discourse” (John 14–17), Jesus washes the feet of the apostles, performing for them the fundamental action He asks of every disciple, namely, that they treat others as more important to them than they are to themselves. He warns His companions of His forthcoming betrayal and foretells their denial. At the same time, He declares that He will not abandon them but will, instead, send the Spirit of Truth to help them.

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