Scripture: John 13:1-17, 31b-35
“When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. ‘Do you understand what I have done for you?’ he asked them. ‘You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for this is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greather than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.”
For three months I walked. Two miles, twice a day in the middle of the Palestinian land. But it was not a normal walk. I was serving as Ecumenical Accompanier for the World Council of Churches Program (EAPPI). We walked from the upper side of the little village of Yanoun to the lower part where little children were waiting to play with us. Once in the morning and once just before the sundown. Our walk had the special purpose of showing protective presence.
Yanoun is surronded by illegal settlements in three side, and all the population of the village were expelled from their houses in 2002 by armed settlers. The international presence came then, to stay there and live with them. Our feet are call to walk in the paths of justice and peace. When Jesus washed the feet of the disciples in this very special evening, he sent them. He gave them a new command, to love one another. To walk and wash each others feet.
Prayer: Lord, lead us to paths of justice, where we can share the love and build peace.
Maundy Thursday 2013