Maundy Thursday – today I reflect on Jesus’ last meal with His friends. He loved them all, even His betrayer. On this night, Jesus takes the time to serve those He loves by washing their feet, a task usually reserved for servants. He humbles himself. He pours out the water to cleanse their feet and later pours out His life to cleanse their hearts. He anointed them to go and make disciples. He anointed them for their own cruel deaths. He commands them to do what He has done. He loved them until the end. He said they will know us by our love for one another.
If I am truly a disciple, I bear the same command.
I am such a work in progress.
Holy God, source and sovereign,
you put all power and authority into the hands of Christ —
Christ, who washes our feet in humble service.
Teach us to love one another as Christ has loved us,
so that everyone will know that we are his disciples;
through Jesus Christ our Lord we pray.
How beautiful, O Lord, are the feet
that proclaim the gospel.
Make us ready to follow Christ:
in word and action,
in service and love,
so that all the world may know
the one we love and serve:
Jesus Christ the Lord. (Maundy Thursday Prayer – Presbyterian Church, USA)