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HOLY Thursday! And oh what a holy day it was!! My first in the UK, and like most things having to do with Church traditions, I get super excited! Except they don't call it Holy Thursday here - they call it Maundy Thursday which is probably the "proper" term. 😉

Maundy means "mandatus" or the great command. For most of my life, I have called it Holy Thursday and everything focused on the institution of the Eucharist, which is correct. But Monsignor chose to highlight the "mandatus"; the great command Jesus gave after He washed the disciples feet - "go and love (serve) one another as I have loved you."
He stressed Jesus' call to serve one another; and to allow ourselves to be served too. Now THAT's the twist in this English plot!!

We usually take away the message to go out and serve, but to allow ourselves to be served? Well, when Peter protested at having Jesus wash his feet, Jesus told him that unless he allowed him to do so, he would have no share in Christ. Why??

Monsignor explained that being of service is a great thing; a most important thing! But if we don't allow others to serve us, we risk feeling "superior" and making the ones we serve inferior. We think that to allow someone to help us means being "weak" or dependent, but Jesus says we must allow Him to wash us if we are to share in His body.

We are one body and we all play different but important roles. No one should ever feel superior or inferior. As one body, we all need to serve one another to function as one. "It's where the independent become interdependent." I love that!!!!

As one who doesn't like to ask for help, these words struck me to the core. Have I given the impression that I'm superior because I Strive to do it all on my own and not seem weak or incapable? Have I made someone feel inferior because I refused their help? I'm sure I have and I deeply regret that!

The final twist to this Maundy Thursday celebration was this; not only did they wash the feet of a select 12, but then we ALL went up to some basins and towels and were asked to wash the hands of another and allow them to wash ours. This was a symbol of our willingness to serve, but also to allow to be served; to be interdependent in the body of Christ. What a beautiful experience it was!!! Strangers (or at least some were strangers) washing each other's hands so tenderly, smiling at one another as they dried them. I was so emotional just watching it all!

Holy Thursday is jammed pack with messages and examples and instructions and commands, but truly the image of Jesus washing the Apostles feet is one of the most powerful! Tonight I was given another perspective of that beautiful gesture and I walked away feeling very, very blessed!!

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