Maundy Thursday 1st April

Maundy Thursday 1st April

Today we remember Jesus’ last meal with his disciples, when he washed their feet and gave them a new commandment – to love one another.

Pray as you settle your heart today, pray that the events of that last supper will become real to you through reading his Word and the reflection………

Bible Reading John 13:1-11, 31-38

It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.

The evening meal was in progress, and the devil had already prompted Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus. Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel round his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped round him.

He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, ‘Lord, are you going to wash my feet?’

Jesus replied, ‘You do not realise now what I am doing, but later you will understand.’

‘No,’ said Peter, ‘you shall never wash my feet.’

Jesus answered, ‘Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.’

‘Then, Lord,’ Simon Peter replied, ‘not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!’

10 Jesus answered, ‘Those who have had a bath need only to wash their feet; their whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you.’ 11 For he knew who was going to betray him, and that was why he said not every one was clean.

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31 When he was gone, Jesus said, ‘Now the Son of Man is glorified and God is glorified in him. 32 If God is glorified in him, 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. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.’

36 Simon Peter asked him, ‘Lord, where are you going?’

Jesus replied, ‘Where I am going, you cannot follow now, but you will follow later.’

37 Peter asked, ‘Lord, why can’t I follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.’

38 Then Jesus answered, ‘Will you really lay down your life for me? Very truly I tell you, before the cock crows, you will disown me three times!

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Reflection

We were all watching. Jesus got up from the meal, took off his outer robe, grabbed a towel and a bowl of water. What was he doing, now? We didn’t have to wait long to find out – he started washing people’s feet. I couldn’t understand why? I mean – he’s our Lord, the Messiah and he was doing servant’s work! That’s wrong! We should be serving him!

I can’t believe I let him wash my feet! I didn’t want to, I didn’t want him touching my dirty, smelly, calloused feet. I told him “No!” but he said I’d have no part with him if I didn’t let him. So, I agreed because I’ll always be with him, no matter what. It’s ludicrous to think that I’d abandon him. I’ve been with him since the beginning, when he walked along the beach and called me and Andrew to follow him. I was with him on the mountaintop when he was transfigured. I’ll always follow him. Wherever he goes, I’ll be there. He calls me his Rock, steady and permanent.

When I told him that I’d never leave him, that I’d never deny him, that I’d even lay down my life for him, he just looked at me. I couldn’t quite read the expression in his eyes, was it hurt? Sorrow? I’m not sure, but I don’t think he really believed me. Surely, he could see how totally committed I am to him. Even if all the others turned against him or deserted him, I wouldn’t! How could I? After all I’ve seen and heard and been through with him, how could I?

Read the Bible passage again, asking God to speak to you……

Pray

Lord God, thank you that Jesus was the perfect example of servanthood, he was prepared to do the dirty job of washing feet, but even more he was willing to go to the cross. Help me to follow his example and be a servant to those you love and especially make me humble and willing to accept other people’s service to me. Forgive me for the times I don’t let people serve you by serving me. Lord I know there will be times when it’s hard to follow you, help me to be strong in my faith so that I won’t deny you. Remind me of your love for me, help me to share that love with my family, friends and colleagues. When they challenge, me help me to stand up for you. I thank you that you have given me the Holy Spirit who will work in my heart and give me the courage I need, when I need it.

Amen.