Thursday, April 9, 2009

arise and gird ourselves...

Jesus washing the feet of the disciples is, for me, one of his greatest teachings. If he can do it, we must do it. And then a wonderful and true line, "If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them." For Rev. Tilden, this means "girding ourselves like the master" and comforting those wearier than we are...

"Holy Week.
THE LAST SUPPER (Scripture Reading)

NOW when the even was come, he sat down with the twelve.
And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body.
And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it;
For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. . . .
And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the Mount of Olives.
And supper being ended, . . . He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself.
After that he poureth water into a basin, and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded. . . .
So after he had washed their feet, and had taken his garments, and was set down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you ?
Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am.
If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet. . . .
If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.
Matt. xxvi. John xiii.

Passion Week of Human Life.
COMMUNION (Tilden's Meditation)

"THURSDAY brings us to The Upper Chamber, the Feast of Love, the eating of the Passover, the Last Supper, the memorial washing of the feet, and those wonderful discourses in the heart of John's Gospel which have comforted countless souls for near two thousand years. Here we have Communion with the Soul of souls; seasons when we rise out of controversy into trust; when tempting thoughts leave us, and angel thoughts come to minister to us; when we feel God near, and make His arm a pillow for our weary souls; when faith becomes sight, and hope, fruition ; when lowliest services, wrought in love, are fragrant with the breath of heaven; when the bread of life is broken and the cup of blessing poured; when our prayer forgets to ask, in its desire to praise. Let us come closer to that Holy Spirit in which Jesus lived. But we cannot stay in this Upper Room. Like the Master we must arise and gird ourselves to wash the feet of those more weary.

May your path be fragrant with the breath of heaven. Blessings

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