meditation for Maundy Thursday

The night before Jesus was crucified, he did for his disciples what only the lowest of slaves did when he washed his disciples feet. Of course Peter objected, but Jesus then seemed to apply it in some spiritual sense, that if Peter didn’t submit to this foot washing, he would have no part with Jesus. Peter then bursts forth with the words, “Then Lord, not only my feet, but my hands and my head as well.” But Jesus then pointed out that those who have had a bath only need their feet washed. And that his disciples were clean, though not every one of them.

In washing his disciples feet, Jesus showed them the full extent of his love, or he loved them to the end. And set them an example that as he had done for them, they also were to do for each other.

After predicting his betrayal, Jesus then taught them a new command. They were to love one another. As he had loved them, they were to love each other. That is how the world would know that they were his disciples, if they loved each other in this way.

In all our weakness do we endeavor to live this out? To follow the way of our Savior and Lord in loving each other, even as we carry our cross? We can do so by meditating on Jesus’ example to us. And seeking to live that out in practical ways of service to each other.

Even as we look to the one who in love gave himself for us, and for the world.

A suggested reading for todayJohn 13:1-17, 31b-35

prayer for Maundy Thursday

Almighty Father, whose dear Son, on the night before he suffered, instituted the Sacrament of his Body and Blood: Mercifully grant that we may receive it thankfully in remembrance of Jesus Christ our Lord, who in these holy mysteries gives us a pledge of eternal life; and who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Book of Common Prayer