When Jesus moves away from the table, strips down, and ties a towel around his waist (John 13:4), I don’t think he is thinking about how stinky James’s feet always are, or about the bunions that have been growing on Matthew’s foot as they made their way to Jerusalem. Rather, he is in the process of inviting the disciples into the most wonderful life imaginable—one in which love, intimacy, and humble service bring both deep delight and freedom from trivialities.
Holy Week | Maundy Thursday (Year A Year B Year C)
Exodus 12:1-4, (5-10), 11-14 (Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19); 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; John 13:1-17, 31b-35
The RCL includes a few "optional" readings, to be subbed in as needed. Of course, it's all optional.
This week's reading tells us in clear, compelling words where the Christian life begins and ends, where the church finds its purpose. It’s not with condemnation; it’s with love. It’s a commandment from Christ. It’s a gift, and it is new. What an interesting collection of descriptors.
by Robert RimboApril 22, 2013