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Maundy Thursday April 5, 2012

Maundy Thursday  April 5, 2012

 Jesus said, “I am among you as one who serves.” He called us to be servants of all as he was.

 In Jesus’ time, people walked. Many people did not have shoes. Some people had sandals.  As you walked, your feet became covered in dust and dirt. When you arrived at the house of someone who had means, a servant would come and wash your feet. This was part of extending warm hospitality. This evening, Jesus washes the apostles’ feet. He truly does the work of a slave, a servant.

He tells the apostles and us to treat each other in this way, to be servants of each other, and to serve others whom we meet. This is a far cry from the way our culture encourages us to climb the ladder of success, accumulate all the things and all the power we can. But the Way of Jesus is the way to the shalom of God, the way to abundant and eternal life in a new dimension.

Jesus also gave the apostles and us the Eucharist. He took the bread which was part of the  Passover meal and part of the usual fellowship meal, and said the blessing over the bread, “Blessed are you , O God, for you create the fruits of the earth…” and then he said, “This is my Body. Do this for the remembrance of me.” Literally, do this for the anamnesis of me. Amnesia is forgetting, Anamnesis—un-amnesia—is the un–forgetting of me, the remembrance of me, the calling of me into your midst. And he took the cup of wine, which he had shared with them so many times before, and said the traditional blessing.  But then he said, “This is my blood of the new covenant…” He took a meal which they had shared many times and made it into the way we can call him to be with us, a way that he can nourish us with his own energy, his own presence, his own life.

The Son of God has come to serve us. He has called us to serve each other and others whom we meet. As he washes our feet, and as we wash each others’ feet, we become vulnerable, we open up to his grace and love.

May we continue to walk with him the way of the cross, the way of love and servanthood.   Amen.

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