“It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.” John 13:1
In an ordinary world, we would be having Love Feast this Thursday evening. In the tradition of the Church, the Thursday before Easter—Maundy Thursday—is reserved for the commemoration of Jesus washing the disciples’ feet. The Church of the Brethren—holding to the deep authority of Scripture—has always taken Jesus words in John 13:8 pretty seriously: “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.” Whether you want to take these words of Jesus literally, or search for a more symbolic meaning, that’s up to you. But the reality is that the washing of feet has had a powerful place in the liturgy of the Church since the beginning.
So, we’ve been in “stay at home” mode for a few weeks, now. Some of us are still getting out and about, performing essential duties. But there’s no denying that our regular patterns have been suspended. Even if we haven’t needed to adapt that much personally, we’re still interacting in a world that has changed profoundly over the last few months. We’re all trying to get used to a “new normal” when “normal” changes every few days. One thing that’s becoming clear is that when this virus finally runs its course, and we come out from under our rocks, we’re going to enter a different world than the one we inhabited at the end of last year. 2020 is going to change things.
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