Maundy Thursday this year falls right on the heels of a series my church just completed about racial reconciliation, so reconciliation is on my mind this Holy Week. And, honestly, what could be more appropriate?
There is no greater reconciliation than the one overcoming the gulf between God and humankind. In fact, that reconciliation is what makes any other reconciliation possible. The sacrifice Christ demonstrated by moving into our neighborhood, the lengths God is willing to go to in order to get our attention, the sincere and selfless hope He has that we will respond—these are the model I need to follow in all my relationships, particularly the most difficult ones.
At Living Springs Community Church, we’ll be marking Maundy Thursday with a foot-washing ceremony. As Pastor Jason Perry explained last Sunday, this will be uncomfortable—but it’s supposed to be. It was uncomfortable—scandalous, even—for the disciples when their Rabbi knelt before them like a servant. Maybe that discomfort kept them from getting the point right away, but I’m guessing the image was burned into their memories and gradually seeped into their own relationships.
I believe it can do the same for me.