April, 1, 2010
Text: The Verba
Preached at Lexington Retirement Home
This is Holy Thursday. In today’s Gospel lesson, we heard about the time when Jesus washed his disciples feet. That was the custom back in the time when people were wore sandals all the time and most roads were just dirt and dust, to wash you guest’s feet when you entered a home. Of course, it wasn’t usually the host himself who did the actual washing. He usually made a slave do it.
And that’s why St. Peter protested when Jesus knelt down to wash his feet. It made him feel uncomfortable because he looked up to Jesus. He admired him. Naturally, Jesus should not have to perform this unpleasant task for him. If anything, Peter knew he should be the one washing Jesus’ feet, not the other way around. The thing he did not fully understand was that Jesus did not come in order to be served, but to serve and to give His life as a ransom for many.
Whenever I get a Sunday newspaper, the first section I pull out to read is not the Sports section or the Business section or even the World News section. It’s the funny pages. Ever since I was a little boy, I’ve enjoyed reading the funnies from the Sunday paper. And I one of my favorite comic strips has always been Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz. I love Charlie Brown and Snoopie. One of my favorite minor characters in the Peanuts neighborhood, however, is the character named Pigpen.