Maundy Thursday

‘Maundy Thursday or Holy Thursday (also known as Great and Holy Thursday, Holy and Great Thursday, Covenant Thursday, Sheer Thursday, and Thursday of Mysteries, among other names) is the Christian Holy day falling on the Thursday before Easter. It commemorates the Washing of the Feet (Maundy) and the Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles, as described in the canonical gospels.’ Wikipedia

Feet are a rather personal appendage of our bodies. It is somewhat of a rarity to see each others feet. However this was not the case in the sandal wearing times of Jesus. Many churches practice foot washing as a physical manifestation of humility and servitude to their brothers and sisters. When you wash someones feet you experience a bonding that you do not receive from a handshake.

‘When evening came, Jesus was reclining at the table with the Twelve. And while they were eating, he said, ‘Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me. They were very sad and began to say to him one after the other, ‘Surely you don’t mean me Lord?’ Jesus replied, ‘The one who has dipped his hand into the bowl with me will betray me. But woe to the man who betrays the son of man! It would be better for him if he had not been born.’ Then Judas, the one who would betray him, said, ‘Surely you don’t mean me, Rabbi?’ Jesus answered, ‘You have said so.’ Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, ‘Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness o sins. I tell you, I will not drink from this fruit of the vine from now on until the day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.’ When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.’ Matthew 26: 20 – 30 KJV

My first purchase when I worked for Downs Furniture Store in Elkville, Illinois in 1975…was a lovely painting of the Last Supper. My boss, David, was a kind man and he allowed me to buy items on a payment plan and at his cost. I looked at the magnificent depiction of Leonardo DaVinci’s masterpiece and pondered the love and suffering of Christ. Jesus knew what was ahead but his disciples did not have a clue. I think that we are in the same situation in our day…Christ understands what the end is from the beginning…but we ‘Look through a glass…darkly.’

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