Day 38—On this Maundy Thursday, as we prepare for the Easter mystery, there can be no greater teaching than this to prepare us:
“And during supper Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going to God, got up from the table, took off his outer robe, and tied a towel around himself. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was tied around him. He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” Jesus answered, “You do not know now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” (John 13)
Come Easter, I hope we understand.
Last night, at the Tenebrae for Justice liturgy, the choir sang the Miserere mei setting of Psalm 57 by Gregorio Allegri—“Have mercy on me O Lord, after your great goodness.” ( link is a public production, not St.P Choir). I could not help but focus on the opening line, “Have mercy on me O Lord.” In the chaos and confusion of this world, amidst the human arrogance and hubris, I pray God’s mercy remains always the refuge of this sinner.
As we begin the Paschal Triduum, I pray we feel the sacred mystery of God’s revelation burning in our hearts and souls. May we know both the challenge to serve and the blessings of mercy that are so much a part of the presence of God in Jesus, the Christ.