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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for April 17, 2014

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THURSDAY, April 17    Maundy Thursday

John 13:14. You also ought to wash one another’s feet.

A few years ago, I traveled to New Orleans for a mission trip to help rebuild a city brought to its knees by hurricanes and flooding. When we arrived at the work site, I was assigned to sanding duty. The group before had hung the drywall; the group after would paint. But our job for the week was sanding. It’s tedious and tiresome to sand drywall for eight hours. And there’s not a lot of satisfaction. You don’t often stand back to admire the work of a very smooth wall.

In Jesus’ day, washing feet was considered a menial task, most often delegated to servants. It certainly wasn’t a job for the Lord. Yet Jesus knelt before each of the disciples, took water from a basin, rinsed their feet, and dried them with the towel from his waist.

Sometimes, even when we’re doing God’s work, we want certain jobs, the ones that so obviously make a difference, the ones that make us feel good inside. But Jesus sets the example: No job is too small, too insignificant. Being in true service to others means we meet their needs, not our own.

PRAY for the Dioceses of California and Northern California (Province VIII, The Episcopal Church)

Ps 116:1, 10-17; Exodus 12:1-4(5-10)11-14; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; John 13:1-17, 31b-35

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