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Holy Thursday Reflection

Updated: Mar 29


Section of woodcut print: Christ washing the feet of the disciples by Albrecht Durer


Supper was special that night.


There was both a heaviness and a holiness

hanging in the air.

We couldn’t explain the mood.

It was sacred, yet sorrowful.

Gathered around that table

eating that solemn, holy meal

seemed to us the most important meal

we had ever sat down to eat.


We were dwelling in the heart of MYSTERY.

Though dark the night,

Hope felt right—

as if something evil

was about to be conquered.


And then suddenly

the One-Who-Loved startled us all.

He got up from the table

and put on an apron.

Can you imagine how we felt?


GOD IN AN APRON!

Tenderness encircled us

as He bowed before us.

He knelt and said,

“I choose to wash your feet

because I love you.”


God in an apron, kneeling.

I couldn’t believe my eyes.

I was embarrassed

until His eyes met mine.

I sensed my value then.

He touched my feet.

He held them in His strong, brown hands.

He washed them.

I can still feel the water.

I can still feel the touch of His hands.

I can still see the look in His eyes.


Then He handed me the towel

and said,

“As I have done,

so you must do.”

Learn to bow.

Learn to kneel.


Let your tenderness encircle

everyone you meet.

Wash their feet–

not because you have to–

but because you want to.


It seems I’ve stood two thousand years

holding that towel in my hands.

“As I have done, so must you do,”

keeps echoing in my heart.


“There are so many feet to wash,”

I keep saying.

“No.”

I hear God’s voice

resounding through the years.

“There are only My feet.

What you do for them,

you do for Me.”


by Macrina Wiederkehrtaken

from Seasons of Your Heart


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