Lent 2012: Day Forty-Four – Maundy Thursday

John 13:5 Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was tied around him.

An upper room did our Lord prepare for those he loved until the end: and his disciples still gather there, to celebrate their risen friend.

A lasting gift Jesus gave his own – to share his bread, his loving cup. Whatever burdens may bow us down, he by his cross shall lift us up.

And after supper he washed their feet for service, too, is sacrament. In him our joy shall be made complete – sent out to serve, as he was sent.

No end there is: we depart in peace. He loves beyond our uttermost: in every room in our Father’s house he will be there, as Lord and host.

In tonight’s Maundy Thursday service I was one of twelve to have their feet washed by our priest, before heading back to join the congregation for communion and the hymn above. As Jesus washed the feet of his disciples (remembering that Mary Magdalen first bathed his in perfume) we remember to wash one anothers. Not something we do very often. But something us Anglicans hold once a year, and something we could make more time for as people.

It was a humble of act of Jesus. Knowing he was soon to die, he kept strong in his message of love and companionship anyway. He didn’t retaliate. And Jesus wanted to make sure his disciples knew that he wasn’t someone to be bowed down to. He was one of them. He wanted to serve them as they wanted to serve him. Jesus wanted to look after people, heal them, help them. And he asked us to love one another, as he has loved us.

John 13:5 Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was tied around him.

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