One of the details of the Last Supper that often escapes our attention is the intimacy of the gathering. Jesus was sitting at a low table with his closest friends and disciples. They were sitting on rugs and cushions. They were eating from common bowls, with bread torn from shared loaves. This was an intimate gathering and there was no question who was the leader and most revered person in attendance.
In this intimate setting, Jesus, the wonderful, loving and powerful leader of this group, stood from his place, removed his robe, wrapped a towel around his waist, and began to wash their feet. We struggle with the ritual of foot-washing today, but imagine how much more uncomfortable Peter must have been when his lord and master knelt before him with a bowl and a towel.
Holy Week takes us into the most challenging and uncomfortable places of our lives as we remember Jesus’ passion and follow his path with the rituals and scriptures of Holy Week. The opportunity of Holy Week is to bravely face the humbling and difficult challenges of our lives in the company of friends.
We will gather for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, the Great Vigil of Easter, and Easter Day, and these will remind us that we are not alone. As you face the challenges of life, you are not alone. We are sisters and brothers in Christ. We are in this together.
Yours in Christ,