Holy Week And Easter In The Season Of COVID-19

Whether it is the four seasons of the year or the seven seasons of the liturgical year, each season is a lens through which we see and experience life. Each season offers a unique perspective on life, highlights certain events, and emphasizes particular activities. This year, in addition to the usual and familiar seasons, there has been another season, the Season of COVID-19. It has … Continue reading Holy Week And Easter In The Season Of COVID-19

Let’s Never Stop Loving – A Maundy Thursday Sermon On John 13:1-7, 31-35

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

This Is Our Night – A Sermon On John 13:1-17, 31-35 For Maundy Thursday

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

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Taking our Share with Jesus – A Sermon for Maundy Thursday on John 13:1-17, 31-35

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

A New Position and Role as Lover, 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.

Painting of Jesus washing Peter's feet
Source: Wikimedia Commons

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”

Christ is Risen, Christos Anesti – A Collection of Holy Week Postings

Christos anesti ek nekron, thanato thanaton patisas, kai tis en tis mnimasi zoin harisamenos. Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life. The following is a collection of postings from Holy Week: Holy Week, Love Week Palm Sunday – Emptying and Embodying Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday in Holy Week – The Fragrance of Holy Week Maundy Thursday – All Are … Continue reading Christ is Risen, Christos Anesti – A Collection of Holy Week Postings

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 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 Fragrance of Holy Week

Most of our time and attention in Holy Week are given to the triduum and rightly so. The three days of that period encompass Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday. They are, perhaps, the most holy days of the year. If they hold that kind of prominence, then maybe we ought to look at what leads us into those days, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of … Continue reading The Fragrance of Holy Week