Yep. Today is the day! Maundy Thursday celebrates two events that happened the night before Jesus’ death on the cross.
The first is communion. We celebrate that without a second thought.
And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you. (Luke 22:19-20, NIV)
The second is foot washing. Oh, now we have issues!
Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God, so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him. (John 13:3-5, NIV)
Pride kept Peter from accepting. It’s one thing to humbly wash another’s feet; quite another to have your feet washed. Humble is as humble does.
Prayer – Lord, help us humble ourselves before you and before those around us, whether washing or being washed. Amen