Thursday, April 02, 2015

Maundy Thursday

My mom always used to speak of this Thursday as “Maundy Thursday” and I never quite understood what she meant.

Some call this Thursday “Holy Thursday” and some call it “Covenant Thursday”

It commemorates the Last Supper and the Maundy – which is the foot washing of the Apostles by Christ.

It is recorded in the Gospel of John, Chapter 13, Verses 1 through 17:

13 It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.
The evening meal was in progress, and the devil had already prompted Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus. Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”“No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.”Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.”“Then, Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!”10 Jesus answered, “Those who have had a bath need only to wash their feet; their whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you.”11 For he knew who was going to betray him, and that was why he said not every one was clean.12 When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them.13 “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. 14 Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. 15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. 16 Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.

Interestingly enough, the concept of washing the feet of a guest is probably just as dramatic today as it might have been in the time of Jesus. 

Imagine yourself, washing the feet of guests in your home. 

Imagine being a guest in the home of another and having your feet washed.

Most of us dare not even take our shoes off in the home of another.

The apostles found it shocking, and somewhat embarrassing…why would their leader wash their feet?

Symbolically, the fact that Jesus, the leader, teacher, rabbi,  willingly placed himself in the role of servant to wash the feet of his disciples is an easy concept to get. Its not hard to see what he was trying to do.

And he set before us an example: Serve one another.

I am once again challenged to consider which Jesus will be on the Cross for me…

I am once again challenged to consider the example placed before me and ask myself some hard questions…who have I served and to what end?  

Peace, ya'll!

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