Maundy Thursday: Gird yourselves and look for Jesus

4 Responses

  1. Verdery says:

    Washing the feet of someone, even someone you know and like, let alone a stranger (or someone you *don’t* like!), is humbling and rather strange and even a bit intimate.

    But having your feet washed, even by someone you know, is even more humbling–and strange–and intimate.

    And even after several years of Maundy Thursdays, it’s still an honor, both to give and to receive. A true blessing.

  2. tlc says:

    I indeed experienced Maundy Thursday anew this year as my son (one of the first Scott baptized at Epiphany)came to the service for the first time. ALthough there was a fair share of whispering and explaining during the “silence”, it was fascinating to see him make connections and apply his prior “book knowledge” of Jesus’ journey to the parts of the service. He did go into the footwashing line, with some excitement and trepidation, though I didn’t make him wash a stranger. Baby steps!
    -a blessed Triduum to you, Scott!! 🙂

  3. relling says:

    Thank you for sharing your sermon. I haven’t heard anyone else take this footwashing gesture of service and humility and turn it outwards in this way. Most of the time, this becomes a moment in the parish when we deepen and change our relationship to our church family. But obviously, once you mention it, it is the natural extension of Maundy Thursday.
    I remember this church in Chicago from years ago when I studied at UIC and lived in Chicago, although I was not a member. If you have an opportunity, ask after Harold Washington, the first, modern, successful reform mayor of Chicago and the only Black mayor of the city. He built a multi-racial coalition. He died in office in 1987. Just wondering if they still remember him.
    thank you, Relling

  4. David White AOHC says:

    Excellent, excellent homily, Father. Wonderful to hear you. We at Ascension are blessed to have you with us for the Triduum this year.