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Greetings in the Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,
The Triduum or Three Holy Days begins today. These three Holy Days of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday where we celebrate The Great Vigil of Easter recalls for us the passion, death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is, for all Anglicans and Episcopalians, the holiest of days and an apt conclusion to Holy Week.
Tonight, at our Maundy Thursday service we will, once again, recall Jesus' servanthood through the washing of feet. It is an ancient tradition allowing us to enter Jesus' servanthood in a tangible and meaningful way.
The scene in this passage is poignant. Jesus knows what is coming--his arrest, trial and death on a cross--but his thoughts are only for those he loves: "Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end."
The Son of God shows himself here again to be a servant king. Human rulers expect to be served; they do not serve. They are self-focused and (too often) self-serving. Jesus shows us a different way. He does what no master would do; he ties a towel around his waist and washes his disciples' callused, dusty feet. And then he tells them to do the same--to be servants to one another.
The other gospel writers speak of the institution of Holy Communion on this day. John instead describes a humble act of service, the washing of tired feet. Both are acts of love, enacted by a Lord who, even in the face of death, continues to care for those around him. This is our Lord; let us follow where he leads.
Lord Jesus, you loved your disciples to the end. Teach us to follow you, seeking not to be served but to serve and to pour out our lives in love for the world. Amen.
See ya Sunday!
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