Maundy Thursday meaning. People rarely pay attention to one very important detail of the Last Supper, which is described by the Evangelist John – Jesus washes the feet of His disciples. He explains what this action means: “Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you should also wash one another’s feet.” (John 13:14) It shows who Jesus is and what He does for us humans.
Jesus washes disciples feet
“Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.” (John 13:3-5)
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Jesus takes off the robe of His glory in the Upper Room. He is not enthroned before his disciples as God, nor does He judge the world as ruler.
The Son of God kneels before His creatures in the coarse undergarment of His humanity. He washes their feet with His own hands.
Jesus washes away the filth of selfishness from them and frees them from the stench of their arrogance.
That’s how He makes them, that’s how He makes us fit for the table. In this way, we become capable of community for the new feast that God has in store for us. So He gives us an example. So He leaves the standard for us as a Church, as His disciples.
Jesus is not just a mere example in the social or in the moral sense. Then it would be nothing more than a model for us to imitate.
Jesus wants to bring transformation. What He gives us is a gate through which we have to pass so that we as new people would be able to sit around the table and socialize, ready for the great that is ready for us.
One can make this secret, which is hidden in this simple act of washing the feet, understandable with the one word “humility”. The Word of God speaks very specifically: “God opposes the proud, but shows favor to the humble.” (1 Peter 5:5)
Jesus is humble. He lets himself down. He gives everything and goes up to the cross, where the last and the very last will be taken from Him.
Maundy Thursday Prayer
Lord Jesus, you said, “For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” Only a man free from pride is able to live in truth.
Therefore, please Jesus, help me to discover you. Help to learn to rely not on human fragile possibilities, but on You and your love.
Give me a healthy amount of self-love, freedom, and humility. Give me the attention of the heart that knows how to perceive other people’s needs.
Lord, I give you my heart. Make it soft, pure, and humble, and don’t let pride spread inside of it. Keep me, oh Lord, in your purity and give my heart the deepest love for you. I love you. I want to be yours now and forever. Amen.