Thursday, March 20, 2008
Maundy Thursday/Holy Thursday
Today is Maundy Thursday of Holy Week
The Thursday of the Holy Week is associated with the Last Supper. The day is known as Maundy Thursday, or, Holy Thursday. It is the day before crucifixion. “Maundy” is a modernization of the Middle English maunde, which comes into English (via French) from the Latin mandatum, a “charge, commission or command.” On strictly linguistic grounds, the command is found in verse 34 (“I give you a new commandment, that you love one another”).
I'll be using tonight John 13:1-17, 31b-35 for the scriptures.
1It 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.[a]
2The evening meal was being served, and the devil had already prompted Judas Iscariot, son of Simon, to betray Jesus. 3Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; 4so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. 5After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples' feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.
6He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, "Lord, are you going to wash my feet?"
7Jesus replied, "You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand."
8"No," said Peter, "you shall never wash my feet."
Jesus answered, "Unless I wash you, you have no part with me."
9"Then, Lord," Simon Peter replied, "not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!"
10Jesus 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." 11For he knew who was going to betray him, and that was why he said not every one was clean.
12When 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. 13"You call me 'Teacher' and 'Lord,' and rightly so, for that is what I am. 14Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another's feet. 15I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. 16I tell you the truth, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.
31When he was gone, Jesus said, "Now is the Son of Man glorified and God is glorified in him. 32If God is glorified in him,[c] God will glorify the Son in himself, and will glorify him at once.
33"My children, I will be with you only a little longer. You will look for me, and just as I told the Jews, so I tell you now: Where I am going, you cannot come.
34"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."
“Do you realize what I have done for you?” No, I don't think I do, I am just like Peter.
Do we have to love the "Judases" of our group also? Yes.
I am not so sure about this foot washing thing that Jesus does, do we have to do it too? Yes, Jesus said: "you ought to wash one another’s feet. I have given you a model to follow,so that as I have done for you, you should also do.”
You've got to be joking, just whose dirty feet do I have to wash anyway? Each other's feet.
Jesus, you are scaring me. Your humility is overwhelming me, I should be serving you, washing your feet.
Picture from church powerpoint