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Today is Maundy Thursday. Maundy, from the latin means Commandment: Commandment Thursday. What then is the commandment? What does Jesus tell his disciples to do?
The great commandment of Jesus: Love one another as I have loved you. Today Jesus gives meat to that prayer. He bends down as a servant to washes his disciples feet. In order to do so, he crosses all sorts of cultural boundaries.(I meditated on this last year.) God bends down and washes humanity’s feet.
Love demands action. Big action tomorrow on the cross yes, but today as well. Jesus leaves the disciples with the call to love and the example of humble service.
How do we follow this commandment? How do we love one another? How do we bend down to incarnate that love in service?
If you haven’t participated in a Maundy Thursday service, the ritual washing of feet, I encourage you to make this part of your Holy Week this year. Find a local church and wash someone’s feet…let your feet be washed. The cross is not the whole story of holy week.
After writing the post on Maundy Thursday below I attended a unique foot-washing witness outside the UCSD hospital with faith leaders from around San Diego. You can find out more about the campaign here.
“After he had washed their feet, had put on his robe, and had returned to the table, he said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord–and you are right, for that is what I am. So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you. Very truly, I tell you, servants are not greater than their master, nor are messengers greater than the one who sent them. If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them.” (John 13:12-17) (see the rest of this reading)