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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Maundy Thursday

Today is Maundy Thursday.  This is a day on the church calendar that remembers the Last Supper and the Maundy.  The Maundy is the foot washing that Jesus did for His disciples.  This what we are celebrating today.

In fact, Pope Francis (whom I am really admiring so far) is celebrating Maundy Thursday for the first time as Pope. Though I'm not a Catholic, I feel Francis is celebrating Maundy Thursday in a truly appropriate way.  The Pope is holding service in a juvenile jail.  In the jail he will was the feet of twelve young people who are incarcerated in that facility.  The Pope hopes this will demonstrate Christ's love for the twelve and His invitation to the twelve for renewal in Christ.

What an awesome act!  This mirrors for us what Christ did the night of His betrayal:

"It was just before the Passover Feast.  Jesus knew that the time had come for Him to leave this world and go to the Father.  Having loved His own who were in the world, He now showed them the full extent of His love.

The evening meal was being served, and the devil had already prompted Judas Iscariot, son of Simon, 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 head as well!'

Jesus answered, 'A person who has had a bath needs only to wash his feet; his whole body is clean.  And you are clean, though not every one of you.'  For he knew who was going to betray Him, and that was why He said not every one was clean.

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.  'You call me Teacher and Lord, and rightly so, for that is what I am.  Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another's feet.  I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.  I tell you the truth, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him.  Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them."
John 13:1-17

Follow Jesus' example.  Humbly serve, even when you are greater than the one you are serving.  Do this and be blessed today.

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