Maundy Thursday. One of the themes of Maundy Thursday is the foot washing.
At the beginning of the evening meal when the disciples have gathered at the table, Jesus suddenly gets up, takes off his robe, wraps a towel around his waist, and pouring some water into a bowl begins to wash the feet of his disciples. After washing 24 dirty feet Jesus returns to the table and explains his action. “Since I, the Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet. I have given you an example to follow. ..You know these things—now do them! That is the path of blessing.”
Being human, I tend to look for loop-holes in order to excuse myself from doing something I would rather not do, maybe you have done the same. But, did you notice that I wrote that Jesus washed 24 dirty feet? Yes, the feet of Judas Iscariot were washed by his Teacher and Lord. Our Lord and Teacher modelled what He taught, “Love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!” No loop-holes!
The themes found in the readings for Maundy Thursday as well as for Good Friday are something to think about.
Bible Reading: John 13: 14-17; Matthew 5: 44-47 (NLT)