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Maundy Thursday - April 6, 2023

Updated: May 8, 2023



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In the Gospel of John, Jesus uses the time during the Last Supper to begin to prepare the disciples for His departure from the world.


We find as we read or hear this particular section of John, that the opening words are breathtaking…these words gather up a number of themes that have preceded this particular time with Jesus… This time as the Gospel writer understands it to be…


And sets the stage for what is to follow…


Jesus knows “that His hour has come when He would be taken out of this world to the Father “


And “that the Father has given all things into His hands, and that He had come from God and was going to God”


Jesus,“Having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end” and Jesus begins in this section of the Gospel to deliberately show the Disciples the great and uncompromising love that He has for them.


He rises from the supper table , takes off His outer garment, girds His loins with a towel, and washes the disciples feet.


This ancient act of foot washing is strange to us…It often embarrasses us to have someone even see our feet, much less touch, to hold them in their hands, and wash them…


However, in the first century Israel, foot washing was a hospitabl