More reflections on Maundy Thursday here."Before the feast of Passover, Jesus knew that His hour had come to pass from this world to the Father.
Gospel reading for Holy Thursday:
He loved his own in the world and He loved them to the end.
The devil had already induced Judas, son of Simon the Iscariot, to hand Him over.
So, during supper, fully aware that the Father had put everything into his power and that he had come from God and was returning to God, He rose from supper and took off His outer garments.
He took a towel and tied it around His waist. Then He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and dry them with the towel around His waist.
He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Master, are you going to wash my feet?”
Jesus answered and said to him, “What I am doing, you do not understand now, but you will understand later.”
Peter said to Him, “You will never wash my feet.”
Jesus answered him, “Unless I wash you, you will have no inheritance with me.”
Simon Peter said to Him, “Master, then not only my feet, but my hands and head as well.”
Jesus said to him, “Whoever has bathed has no need except to have his feet washed, for he is clean all over; so you are clean, but not all.” For He knew who would betray him; for this reason, He said, “Not all of you are clean.”
So when He had washed their feet and put his garments back on and reclined at table again, He said to them, “Do you realize what I have done for you? You call me ‘teacher’ and ‘master,’ and rightly so, for indeed I am.
If I, therefore, the master and teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash one another’s feet.
I have given you a model to follow, so that as I have done for you, you should also do.”
Pope Francis has washed the feet of prisoners in a youth detention centre near Rome as part of the Maundy Thursday service.
Pope Francis made the washing of feet an inclusive ceremony - the 12 inmates included two girls, one Italian Catholic and one of Serbian Muslim origin.
Some people are upset that the Pope included women.
These people need to get a life. Our parish has included women for years in the mandatum of feet washing.
Bravo Pope Francis !!
The video also shows part of the Pope's homily with English translation.