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Footwashing on Holy Thursday

April 20th, 2011 by isaac · No Comments

I wrote a couple articles about our Holy Thursday footwashing services last year. They were published this month in the Mennonite magazine.

Here’s a passage from one about how footwashing draws us into the intimacy with God and each other:

As you bow down like a humble servant, your body learns the movements of Christs obedience, which ushers in God’s kingdom. This isn’t some ethereal or strictly spiritual reality. God’s revolution happens when you let someone take your dirty feet in her hands, because with those hands comes Christ’s love. These earthly and fleshly movements of love—the overflowing water, the gentle touch of hands and feet—is the caress of Christ’s tender love that draws us into the reign of God.

For the rest of it, follow this link: Sheeplike Love

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The one below is from a footwashing service I participated in at an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency detention center. Footwashing has political implications, and I explore those implications for our current arguments about immigration:

As you can see, there are two chairs behind me. If you want your feet washed, please come forward and sit in this chair, and I will wash your feet. But this other chair up here will remain empty as a sign of all the bodies that the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency has hidden from us, the bodies that law enforcement officers have torn from our communities and our families in the middle of the night, the bodies they have ripped away from our churches. By refusing to let us wash the feet of the people hidden in their detention centers, the federal government has dismembered the body of Christ, they have torn apart the church, they have pierced and severed the body of Jesus.

For the rest of it, follow this link: Bodies Matter

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