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.
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?