by Bob Wickizer

Maundy Thursday
Bob Wickizer
Exodus 12:1-4 [5-10] 11-14; Psalm 116:1-2,12-17; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; John 13:1-17,31b-35
April 13, 2006

Love one another as I have loved you
Tonight we continue our journey to the cross,
remembering our call to be servants.
Tonight we tell the stories that join us with God's people.
a people about to be freed from slavery.
Tonight we are a people who come to you with dirty feet
to be washed clean by water and Your Word.

Unlike the other Gospel accounts of that last meal together John does not mention the meal at all. Instead he focuses on how Jesus washed the feet of the disciples as an example of the new commandment to love each other the same way that Jesus loves us.

Some theologians believe that the primary sign of being a Christian is not baptism or Eucharist but is the washing of feet. Can you imagine for a moment that when bishops and priests are ordained that instead of being given the "symbols" of office, the ritual involves having the bishop or priest wash the feet of some stranger off the street? Can you imagine that when corporate or government leaders are installed in office instead of being given a handshake and a contract worth millions, they are given a towel and a plain washbasin and told to wash the feet of the least paid employee on their staff?

As I prepared for tonight’s liturgy I looked for some fancy ceramic bowls we have at home and a nice ceramic pitcher. I decided against that and in favor of A) what was only available at the church and B) that it should be plain an unadorned. We are washing ...

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