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They will know we are Christians by our Love...

By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.’ John 13. 35

Yesterday we took our granddaughter to the Audubon Zoo for a full day of exploring the animal kingdom. We stopped at the Roman Candy trolley at her request where a stick of said candy was $1.50 and for $5.00 you could get 4 sticks. We only needed one, but in order to use a credit card you had to spend $5. Smart! A woman behind me heard me wondering what to do since I didn't have any cash, and she said "Here, I will buy you a single stick." I turned around and looked at her, standing there with at least five children and holding out her hand with the money andwas moved. I don't know what her faith tradition was, but she sure showed love to me in that gesture.

Today we remember the goodbye supper Jesus had with his disciples...breaking bread and washing feet were the central activities. What if just as we often do ashes to go on Ash Wednesday, we did foot washing to go on this day? Imagine sitting on your front steps or even on a street corner with a bowl, fresh towels and water and a sign that said "Foot Washing." Even if no one took you up on the offer, the gesture would bring to people's minds the meaning of this Maundy Thursday. Maundy, mandatum, commandment..."I give you a new commandment, Jesus said, Love one another." The woman at the Roman Candy trolley certainly new what that meant.


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