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Maundy Thursday – A Reflection

April 18, 2019

As they gathered in the Upper Room Jesus got up from the table, took off his outer robe, and tied a towel around his waist. He then poured water into a basin and began to wash the Disciple’s feet and wipe them dry with the towel around his waist.

  • Join with me now as I join the disciples and Jesus in that Upper Room in good Ignatian fashion.
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  • We sit in stunned silence as the Rabbi gets up from the table and does what an ordinary servant or slave would do. What on earth is he doing?
  • I think to myself, I don’t get it, Lord
  • You are our Rabbi and Teacher
  • You are our Leader
  • You are the one in charge
  • Why do you wash our feet?
  • When he gets to Peter

    Peter asks the question we are all thinking

    “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”

    The look on Peters face is one of confusion

    It just doesn’t make any sense

    Peter, you are always the first to speak

    Tonight you speak what is on our hearts

    “You will never wash my feet, Lord!”

    This is such a night of confusion

    You are right, Lord

    We don’t understand

    Judas, you look apprehensive

    I think I saw a quick look between you and Jesus

    What does this all mean?

    We are all on edge

    We have been since that strange entry into Jerusalem

    Peter’s voice once again breaks the silence

    “Wash all of me then, Lord!”

    What? One of us isn’t clean?

    I am so confused, Lord

    We are all so very confused

    Lord, please tell us what is happening

    Lord, please tell us that it will be alright

    Servants are not greater than their masters?

    Does that mean we are all equal, Lord?

    Why are you being so cryptic, Lord?

    This isn’t like your other teaching parables

    This is getting uncomfortable

    What was that, Lord?

    I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.

    Love one another?

    Don’t they already know we are your disciples?

    Lord, will I ever understand what you are teaching?

    Maybe I will have time to think about it in the Garden

    Okay, Lord, I will follow you to the garden

    What does this night hold for us?


    When we visited Santa Fe just over a year ago, we spent some time in the midst of an outdoor Stations of the Cross with statues outside of the Cathedral Basilica of St Francis of Assisi. This particular statue asked us to reflect on Jesus’ condemnation to death. In it I can also see some of the agony which he must have felt as the disciples went with him from the Last Supper to Gethsemane.

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