A Sermon for Maundy Thursday

Exodus 12:1-4, (5-10), 11-14, 1 Corinthians 11:23-26, John 13:1-17, 31b-35, Psalm 116:1, 10-17

Jesus you have given us everything we need. We have seen the signs and wonders, you have done. We are amazed at your quick wit, and by your subtle grasp of Moses’ law. Jesus, we are continually astonished by how you reach back to retrieve a long buried meaning of God’s word. Sometimes we are more than a little frightened by your confrontational style especially when you take on the Pharisees and Sadducees.

And Jesus, you know we are a bit confused by some of your teachings; especially when you speak of your relationship with God; or when you mention being lifted up; and all this glorifying God’s name stuff; not to mention your ranting on about rebuilding the Temple in three days. All these teachings are complex, they are hard to grasp.

Nonetheless, Jesus, we are exuberant. Remember the thunderous acceptance you received as you entered Jerusalem? You looked so much like a triumphant Legatus entering Rome.

We are so hugely hopeful that you really are the Messiah, descended from David’s royal line even if you have never really acted like it.

And now Jesus, at the celebration of the Passover Supper, the memorial of God’s mighty act to free us from Egyptian oppressions, now is the perfect time. Act now Jesus, free us from Roman oppression. Act now Jesus, and everything will be restored to its proper place. Israel will be the center of God on earth, you will sit on David’s throne, and we -well – we will be your top advisors and ministers. Act now Jesus, and all will be as it is supposed to be, as it has been written by the prophets.

What is this Jesus? You are washing our feet? Yes, we know Peter is over reacting, but Peter always over reacts. But still, we don’t get this Jesus, help us out here. Please!!

What? You will only be here a little longer? Where are you going? we didn’t quite get that. Besides, you can’t go now! All is ready, you all but said so. What? what do you mean we can’t come with you? Where haven’t we been you? We’ve been all over the place with you Jesus! even through Galilee. 

A new commandment?  All right, we knew it finally marching orders. Give us your commandment Jesus!

What?? love? love each other? like what? like you? like you love us? just now, by washing our feet. This really is how you want everyone to think of us!!

Oh my!! You really do expect us to wash each other’s feet. You really do expect us to love each other. You really do expect us to love the others. Oh my!!