Maundy Thursday 2014

On Maundy Thursday we celebrate the last supper and reenact Jesus’ washing the feet of his disciples. It reminds us of our call to be servants to each other, to share in community with the breaking of bread together, to offer our bodies and blood for the sake of others. While it’s always harder to think of these things in relation to “the least of these,” whether they be those with whom we disagree or those we don’t particularly like, it can still be enlightening to think of how much we would willingly do this for those we love. And that reminds us that God truly loves us all and that Jesus willingly did this for all of us whom he loved. For me, there is an extra special blessedness about this day because it reminds us of that love in a way that is so tangible in our own lives today – it is a time to seek and serve Christ in all persons. It is a day that truly celebrates the incarnation of God, serving our physical needs of touch, of feeding others and being fed. It is a not a day to glorify the betrayal and violence (that we face tomorrow), but rather a day in which we can feel and taste and see the love of Christ in this world now. We can help to heal the world with a word, a touch, an unspoken prayer. Although we are not yet looking to the future resurrection, in this moment we know the blessings of serving each other, breaking bread together and sharing our bodies and blood for each other. And still, because we do have the hope of resurrection, we can also know that those we have loved and touched and held so dear have also worked to heal our world – they have washed our feet, broken bread with us and shared their bodies and blood for our sake.


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About pathawkins

Do you need to know who I am to appreciate this blog? Perhaps. Or perhaps not. Knowing who I am may encourage you to read my posts, or it may encourage you not to bother - but that will say more about you than it says about me! So, just in case it matters, I can tell you that I am a progressive, white, middle-class, middle-aged, pro-choice, married, lesbian, American, Episcopalian woman who has studied psychology, theology and liturgy. I work in a church as well as being a reverse mortgage counselor. I am well educated and fairly well-spoken. But, I'm neither pretentious enough nor arrogant enough to think that my words will change attitudes, much less lives. On the other hand, if my words or images can open a window to another way of looking at something or if they can provide comfort or joy, I know I will be blessed in return.

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