Lent Day 38

Clear Vision – Reconciliation

There’s a commercial of a man sitting at the meal table with his family and friends as he receives a written message that he is going to have a heart attack tomorrow. Of course we don’t get those kinds of messages. Yet if we knew that one day we would get a message concerning the very hour of our own death, what would we do about it? Jesus, knowing that his last hours had come, prepares to share his last meal with his disciples. Today Maundy Thursday services remembers this intense, yet sensitive moment. Jesus washes the feet of disciples, faces his betrayer, and commands his chosen to love one another. Later he leaves them to earnestly pray among the olive trees. From this prayer his human consciousness is in distress, but it is his spiritual consciousness within, that True Love consoles. He continues his journey in obedience, with clear vision, as his physical life begins to be stripped away. At the end of many Christian services on this evening, the first of the Triduum (Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil), there is a stripping of the altar. Vestments, candles, icons if any are carried out of the sanctuary. Any physical sign which represents life is removed. Additionally, there is no benediction, no postlude and no closing hymn because the service is not over. How many times in our own journey have we thought having something removed, seemingly stripped away from us, that life as we knew it was over? For the past 37 days we have prayerfully stripped away those aspects of our lives in order that we may be more whole, more complete in serving God. In reality, whomever or whatever, the stripping away is only the beginning. Our journey in Christ is not over!

Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart from this world… John 13

Walking To Jerusalem

Lent: Day 38 –  After he had washed their feet, had put on his robe, and had returned to the table, he said to them, ‘Do you know what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord—and you are right, for that is what I am. So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you. Very truly, I tell you, servants are not greater than their master, nor are messengers greater than the one who sent them. If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them….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.  John 13:1-17, 31-35b

Holy Week  – Maundy Thursday  (Maundy – Origin: 1250–1300; Middle English maunde < Old French mande < Latin mandātum command, mandate)

Jesus’ ministry to the House of Israel and the ministry of his death and resurrection for the world began with washing. Washed by the blood of Christ, so too our journey to Jerusalem (ministry) begins and ends in service to one another. Let us understand today that we are not in competition with one another but rather the forces of this world, which seek to cover us in its darkness. But in the same way, others before us kept walking in the light of Christ ministry and love for us, so we too must keep walking. Because of this, the spiritual journey we walk together never ends and the goal of reconciliation is always at hand.

1 Corinthians 11:23-26  For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

John 13:1-7,31-35 ‘Unless I wash you, you have no share with me.’