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Maundy Thursday Reflection

Updated: Apr 10

By Fr. Chris Golding


Jesus in his final days. Just before his betrayal with a kiss. The armed guards in the garden.

In these moments, he will “love them to the end,” as St. John writes in his Gospel.

Jesus loves to the end.

Taking a towel. Pouring water. Wiping them dry.

These are moments to be cherished. To be lived in.

These are moments to be watched and absorbed.

Simon Peter embodies the reaction some of us might have.

But some are not ready or we don’t think we are worthy.

Some are not ready to let ourselves be worthy.

To let ourselves be loved.

To let ourselves be loved – deeply loved. Sometimes that is the hardest thing.

So, tonight is an invitation –

Both to love and to be loved.

To love as Jesus invites us in that new and great commandment.

Love one another.

To cherish the moments of intimacy with Jesus.

To ponder the moments of intimacy with each other.

It’s also an invitation to be loved.

To allow ourselves to be cared for.

We are worthy. We are lovable. We can receive the love of Jesus.

Washing our feet. Wiping them dry.

Jesus in his final days. Just before his betrayal with a kiss. The armed guards in the garden.

In these moments, he will “love them to the end,” as St. John writes in his Gospel.

Jesus loves to the end.

Jesus gives the new sacrament of his own body.

Jesus gives the new sacrament of his own blood.

In body and in blood, Jesus renews the eternal covenant of God.

In body and in blood, Jesus renews the love-pledge that the Creator Father made to Abraham and Jacob. To Sarah and to Rachel.

This holy night, as Jesus reaches down to wash feet

and to give bread and wine to us spiritually in our hearts

Jesus reaches down to the ancestors of our faith embodied in the good earth that God has given us,

found in the heavens filled with stars above us.

Jesus the Christ reaches out to us and to creation,

sharing with us the eternal truth of God’s love –

that service and faithfulness and sacrifice

will unite us as human beings

and will unite us with the whole company of God’s creation as well.

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