The Washing of the Feet
Today is Holy Thursday, also called Maundy Thursday, from the Latin word Mandatum, command, when Jesus after the Last Supper said to his disciples, “A new commandment I give you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you.” He said this after he had washed their feet, an act which is re-enacted in the Maundy Thursday service when the clergy, or, if possible, a bishop, washes the feet of 12 members of the congregation.
The following passage from the Gospel of John, Chapter 13, is also read:
Now before the feast of the passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end. And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him; Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God; he riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself. After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded. Then cometh he to Simon Peter: and Peter saith unto him, Lord, dost thou wash my feet? Jesus answered and said unto him, What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter. Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me. Simon Peter saith unto him, Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head. Jesus saith to him, He that is washed needeth not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit: and ye are clean, but not all. For he knew who should betray him; therefore said he, Ye are not all clean.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at April 21, 2011 10:53 PM | Send