Maundy, Maundy, So Good to Me

"Christ Washing Peter's Feet" by Ford Madox Brown

The worldwide Church celebrates Maundy Thursday this evening. It is a day that commemorates the last meal that Jesus had with his disciples, and the new commandment or mandate (mandatum novum, from which we got the now archaic word “Maundy”) he gave them: “love one another.” After what he knew would be his last meal with his disciples, Jesus demonstrated this love by washing their feet, including the feet of the very man who would disown him. Therefore, the Thursday before Easter is an occasion for Communion and Foot Washing services.

Maundy Thursday (or as it is called in so many churches today, Holy Thursday) is a good day for us. It is a day for “getting right” with God so that one is better prepared for Good Friday and Easter. Like Peter long ago, recoil at the notion of Jesus bathing a sinner like you. After all, like Peter, you will disown Jesus too. Jesus knows this and washes you just the same. Like Peter long ago, let Jesus cleanse you fully this day. “The one who has bathed does not need to wash, except for his feet, but is completely clean.” (John 13:10)

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