By Jake Hall

published in Family Matters eNewsletter, April 13, 2017

Today is Maundy Thursday. In the celebration of Holy Week, Maundy Thursday remembers the last supper with Jesus and his disciples. There, sitting around the table, were those closest to Jesus, yet over the next twenty-four hours they would each betray or desert him.

Part of the power of the remembrance is that Jesus washed their feet. Can you imagine the intimacy of that moment?

It is striking how connected we are today by technology. However, the truth is this: facetime and texting can never replace the acceptance offered by holding someones hand, washing their feet, or looking them in the eyes.

Jesus modeled the way that christians should serve one another by humbling himself and washing the feet of those who followed him. In this act, the beauty and brokenness of our frail, yet fantastic, humanity is revealed.

We are called to follow in the way of Jesus. Now, I know you might be hesitant in following Jesus in the washing of someones feet, but you might just be able to grasp someones hand today and see in their eyes that they are made in the image of God.

For years the song in the link below has been one of those songs that just keeps calling to me during the Lenten season. So, on this Maundy Thursday, hear the beauty and the brokenness in Over the Rhine’s “All My Favorite People.”

Have a meaning-filled Maundy Thursday.