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Daily Office Readings for Maundy Thursday: Year 1
“And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” (John 17:3)
In this passion prayer of Jesus, verse 1 to 26 of Chapter 17 of John, there is much repetition over and over. But a clear definition of Eternal life is imbedded in it: “And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent” (John 17:3). Being sent is the major part of getting the Good News (the Gospel) into the ears of all people. It is, and has always been God’s plan for all humanity.
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Eucharistic Readings for Maundy Thursday: All Years
“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,” (John 13:14 to 17)
Our Lord Jesus has just washed the feet of his disciples. They have been taught the Way and are now to be sent into the world to teach and to further set the example of what it means to heal, to comfort and to evangelize. Jesus has just prepared their feet for carrying out the Good News. It is written, “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of the messenger who announces peace, who brings good news, who announces salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.” (Isaiah 52:7)
Foot washing is so much more than the hygienic cleansing. It is comfort for the one who is on their feet all day. Such comfort is demonstrated appreciation and radical hospitality. Jesus points out that if he is doing this, then so should we. We are not greater than he is. We too are being sent into the world with the Good News (the Gospel). We have the beautiful feet for the job. And remember, you are blessed if you do this.
Let us live to love, more than we just love to live, listening to what the Spirit is saying to, and through, the saints of God, while pondering anew what the Almighty can do. John