Maundy Thursday

Today's Reading: John 13:1-15; 34-35

Daily Lectionary: Exodus 12:1-28; Hebrews 5:1-14

"And so if I, your teacher and your Lord, wash your feet, you also should wash one another's feet." (John 13:14)

In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Jesus comes to serve. He comes to get down on His hands and knees and wash away the sins of how you have walked. He comes to clean you and to bathe you with the water flowing from His pierced side. He comes to feed you His Body to eat and His Blood to drink for the remission of all your sins.

The world's religions all begin with your doing something for God. You wash the idol's feet. You do the service. You do the liturgy in the world's religion. You work and then "God" in some way acts--maybe. This is the religion of the law that offers "God" your works.

But the way God wants to be worshiped is by faith, that is, by receiving what Jesus did for you. Faith is receiving! Jesus does the serving, and you are the one being served. He does the Commandments, and the Commandments are counted as done by you. He does the dying, and God's punishment due you is satisfied. He rises from the grave, and in Him you are raised and you are justified. He does the washing, and you are washed. He does the speaking, and you are spoken to--killed and made alive by His Word. He does the feeding, and you are fed His Body and Blood given for you to eat and drink for the forgiveness of your sins.

Watch it today in church! Listen to how much Jesus serves you during the Triduum services--the three-day celebration of our Lord's Passion. Take it all in. Rejoice in it. Hear how He, even though He is God Himself, served you by dying for you. He who knew no sin became your sins so that you would stand before God forever righteous.

All that is Jesus is given to you by faith in Him. Heaven is yours. Eternal life is your everyday life. Even the right hand of God is your seat for He has gone to prepare a place for you.

With everything now yours, you can serve others. You put their needs before your own. You forgive them where they have sinned against you. You give up being first and take the lowest place--the place of the one serving.

Jesus comes to serve. He comes to get down on His hands and knees and wash the sins of how you have walked away. He comes to clean you, to bathe you, with the water flowing from His pierced side. He comes to feed you His Body to eat and His Blood to drink for the remission of all your sins. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.


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