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The Full Maundy (on Thursday)

April 5, 2012


The name ‘Maundy’ is derived from the Latin word “mandatum”, it means a commandment. Jesus Christ, at the Last Supper, said to his disciples:
‘And now I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.’ John 13:34
And then, as a symbol of His love and humility to these faithful men who followed Him, who followed his teachings and loyally believed in his claims…he washed their feet. This message is profound, but it was not always so for me.

I used to find this ritual bazaar, back in the days of my newer faith; back in the days when I was a believer but did nothing about it. Those were the days of my “spiritual sloth”. I never studied or delved deeper into meaning, until now.

So excuse me while I share a little bit.

I had a best girlfriend in college, her church washed feet around Easter time, I remember thinking to myself that it sounded “cultish”. I didn’t understand the meaning behind this ritual, and now, as my eyes have opened a little bit more, I find beauty in this particular Christian tradition.

The beauty of it is that Jesus shared a meal with His twelve friends, who were also his disciples. He washed their feet with humble gratitude because he loved his friends. Some days love isn’t pretty, but when life gets dirty, well, we love each other through it all. The symbolism in this act of love is beautiful.

Love poured out his fingertips and into the soles of their feet. Their souls. Our souls. Love flows into our soul thanks to Jesus.

Thank You, Jesus, for showing us the way. The final commandment, the final mandatum, LOVE one another.

As the Beatles say, “All you need is love, love…love is all you need”. Yes indeed.


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