Maundy Thursday – John 13:1-17, 31-35 The last couple of days I’ve been thinking of previous Maundy Thursdays and previous foot washings. There are no feet to wash tonight but I think there’s something to be learned from that. One of the things that struck me as I thought about this night and this liturgy is that Maundy Thursday just might be the original … Continue reading Let’s Never Stop Loving – A Maundy Thursday Sermon On John 13:1-7, 31-35
Maundy Thursday – John 13:1-17, 31-35 “You will never wash my feet,” Peter says to Jesus. What’s that about? What’s going on with Peter? I don’t know but I have a guess. I think it’s about more than having his feet washed. In fact, I don’t think it’s even about his feet. I think it’s about feeling vulnerable, exposed, and uncertain about taking his share … Continue reading This Is Our Night – A Sermon On John 13:1-17, 31-35 For Maundy Thursday
Think about a time when you gathered around the table in remembrance. Where was the table? Who was there? Who wasn’t there? What was the conversation about? What was your remembrance as you gathered around that table? Continue reading The Table and Remembrance – A Sermon for Maundy Thursday
I’ve now been here at St. Philip’s long enough that you probably know one of the things I emphasize in my teaching, preaching, and our life together is the movement from thinking to experience, the practice of living out of our hearts rather than our heads. My focus on this is as much for me as it is for you. I teach that because I … Continue reading Taking our Share with Jesus – A Sermon for Maundy Thursday on John 13:1-17, 31-35
It’s not hard to imagine that after the supper fiasco in Bethany – Mary anointing Jesus’ feet, Judas’ outburst, and Jesus talking about his death – the disciples might have been looking forward to a quiet evening, just a regular supper, just some food and conversation. That’s how tonight’s supper began but that’s not how it will end.
This night would be different. It would not be like the supper at Bethany. This time it was their feet. This time it is Peter’s outburst. This time it is Jesus talking about and showing love. It was, however, another supper interrupted.
“During supper Jesus got up from the table, took off his outer robe, and tied a towel around himself. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was tied around him.”
Jesus is taking their relationship to the next level. They had been with each other for three years. Now they will become a part of each other. They had shared much over those three years, conversations, meals, experiences, prayer, time, life. Now they will take a share in Jesus and in each other. He in them. Them in him. They in each other. That’s how love is. Continue reading “A New Position and Role as Lover, John 13:1-17, 31-35”
The collect and readings for Maundy Thursday may be found here. The following sermon is based on John 13:1-17, 31-35. One by one, Jesus kneels on the floor in front of each disciple. One by one, the water of his love washes over the feet of each disciple. No one is left out. Judas. Peter. The ones who say nothing. All are washed. All are loved. … Continue reading All Are Washed, All Are Loved – A Sermon for Maundy Thursday; John 13:1-17, 31-35
The collect and readings for Maundy Thursday may be found here. The appointed gospel is John 13:1-17, 31-35, Jesus washing the disciples’ feet. Now before the festival of the Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart from this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. The devil had … Continue reading A Sermon for Maundy Thursday, John 13:1-17, 31-35
The Proper Liturgy for Maundy Thursday – perhaps more than any other liturgy of the year – is about intimacy, revealed in dinner and a bath. Intimacy is the reason many show up to this liturgy. It is also the reason many more do not. Intimacy is the reason a few will wash and be washed. It is also the reason why most will not. … Continue reading We Need Each Other’s Feet – A Maundy Thursday Reflection
Today my Bishop gathered with his six priests of the Western Convocation of our diocese to celebrate the Holy Eucharist. That in itself is not too unusual. He is pastoral, caring, and available to his clergy. Today, however, was different. After the liturgy of the word and a homily he got down on his knees and washed our feet. The chapel was filled with the … Continue reading A Share with the Bishop