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Maundy Thursday - The Location of the Holy is in the Familiar

About this time, most years, the faithful of the Christian tradition, are hastening to make space and time for this ancient ritual mystery of suffering love and the victory of life out of death. For many of us these ancient religious rituals lead us into the depth of our mysterious beliefs and renew our hearts and minds. The solemn beauty of candlelit washing of feet, stripping of the altar and all night vigils is precious to us.

Yet the journey that we are remembering began with a night of intimate and really quite domestic detail. (Exodus 12:1-4, 11-14; Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; and John 13:1-7, 31b-35.) The Passover festival, the time of Jesus’ last m