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People ask, isn’t Maundy Thursday the service where we wash feet? … Or, Jesus, or someone, washes feet… like the pope? I politely grin, and say, “yes, but there is more to the story…”
Yes, the central theme of the story is when Jesus washes the feet of his disciples. This is the time when Peter makes a fuss about Jesus washing his feet. Eventually Peter gives in, and then Jesus asks his disciples, ‘“Do you know what I have done to you? 13 You call me Teacher and Lord—and you are right, for that is what I am. 14 So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. 15 For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you.’ This is our ‘mandate,’ to serve and love one another as Jesus has loved us.
On Maundy Thursday, we receive the ‘mandate’ to love one another ‘like Jesus loved/s’ us. But on Good Friday, we will see to what extent we are loved by God, and on Easter morning, we will see the power and the glory of God’s promise of unconditional grace and salvation. The Triduum begins tonight.