FEET ON MAUNDY THURSDAY
Daily dust over the jaggedstair steps of toes, between the crackedskin; heels bruised by heat,small toes stoned by cobblestone.
The wrong one is kneeling,sprinkling water over the wounded,a stream of fingers cleaning disciples’ feetas boils and blisters burst with newcovenant balm of blood and bread.
Marjorie Maddox
DO THIS IN MEMORY OF ME.  This is what is spoken in every Eucharist, in every mass. You may want to ask today what “this” refers to.  
Can it be that it refers to the breaking of the bread, the passing of the cup and the washing of the feet?  
Can it be that these are three non-negotiable aspects of authentic celebration?
The foot washing, tradition says, happened in the middle of the meal!  This means, i assume, that the ritual washing upon arriving, to remove the dust and the dirt from the journey had already taken place.  
Is it too far a stretch to imagine this as a second washing, a gratuitous washing, a washing that is not attached to any function, a washing that is not prompted by any need.  
Can you see this a a radical gesture of pure love prompted only by radical love?
Philip Chircop | personal notes

FEET ON MAUNDY THURSDAY

Daily dust over the jagged
stair steps of toes, between the cracked
skin; heels bruised by heat,
small toes stoned by cobblestone.

The wrong one is kneeling,
sprinkling water over the wounded,
a stream of fingers cleaning disciples’ feet
as boils and blisters burst with new
covenant balm of blood and bread.

Marjorie Maddox

DO THIS IN MEMORY OF ME.  This is what is spoken in every Eucharist, in every mass. You may want to ask today what “this” refers to.  

  • Can it be that it refers to the breaking of the bread, the passing of the cup and the washing of the feet?  
  • Can it be that these are three non-negotiable aspects of authentic celebration?

The foot washing, tradition says, happened in the middle of the meal!  This means, i assume, that the ritual washing upon arriving, to remove the dust and the dirt from the journey had already taken place.  

Is it too far a stretch to imagine this as a second washing, a gratuitous washing, a washing that is not attached to any function, a washing that is not prompted by any need.  

  • Can you see this a a radical gesture of pure love prompted only by radical love?

Philip Chircop | personal notes