What’s a Maundy? (John 13:1-15 and verse 34)

What’s a “maundy”? The word probably refers to the Latin word that begins verse 34, “mandatum,” or “commandment.” (“Mandatum novum do vobis ut diligatis invicem sicut dilexi vos”)

Just before the feast of Passover, Jesus—knowing that the time had come for him to leave this world and go back to the Father—showed those he had loved in this world how much he loved them.

(The devil had already convinced Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon, to betray Jesus. For his part, Jesus knew that the Father had given him control of all things, and that he had come from God and would be going back to God.)

After supper, Jesus got up, took off his clothes, and wrapped himself in a towel. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the feet of his disciples, drying them with the towel he had wrapped around himself.

When it was Simon Peter’s turn, he said, “Master, you would wash my feet?”
Jesus answered, “You not know what I am doing now. But you will, later.”
Peter said, “You will never wash my feet!”

Jesus answered, “If I do not wash you, you are not with me.”

Simon Peter said, “Master, not my feet only then, but also my hands and my head!”

Jesus said, “One who is clean needs no more washing. Most of you here are clean, but not all.” (Jesus said this because he knew who would betray him.)

After Jesus had washed their feet and had put his clothing back on, he sat down and said, “Do you understand what I have done to you? You call me Master and Lord, and these things are true—I am your Lord and Master. Now, since I have washed your feet, you should wash one another’s feet. I have given you an example, and you should do as I have done.”
Then, in verse 34, Jesus says this:

I give you a new commandment: Love one another as I have loved you; love one another.
Talk about a good example. . .


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