Many Christians observe the tradition of washing each other’s feet on Maundy Thursday. This act of service is symbolic of the commandment which Christ gave to us to love one another as Christ has loved us. It is also a reminder of how Jesus’ public ministry challenged the rules of his society. Jesus spoke out against traditions that allowed the powerful to unjustly exclude the weak and the poor.
One of the places in first century Palestine where divisions existed due to wealth and class was in the temple in Jerusalem. Its main courtyard had thirteen gates, but only those who were considered pure and righteous were allowed to come inside to worship God. There was even one room inside the Temple which only the High Priest was permitted to enter.
Through his death and resurrection, Jesus Christ restored the broken relationship between God and us. Now all people are free to boldly and confidently approach God in worship, prayer and fellowship. In Christ Jesus, there are no more distinctions or restrictions. The door is open to everyone.
Loving God, this is the day which you have made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it! Amen. — KLS