You Are Known Because You Love One Another

People gather together in little groups and talk about other people in the organization. Suspicious of motives, then share negative thoughts and feelings about “those in charge.” Ever critical, the pastor’s last sermon was below average. The lay leaders don’t care about the rest of the congregation.

I’ve spent most of my life in church. That’s my experiene in general wherever I’ve been. Jesus must shudder when many of these people call themselves his followers.

The only Lenten time observances we had while I was growing up were Maunday Thursday (today) and Easter. We did not “observe” Lent. We did not have Good Friday services.

Today was remembrance of Jesus’ washing of the disciples feet.

He took off his robes. Sort of in his underwear? Not like ours, of course, yet, not how one would appear in public.

He wrapped a towel around his waist. Even today there are vestiges of that practice with waiters with small aprons. Servants, servers, they looked like that. Not important leaders.

 But Jesus did.

He washed their feet. They were shocked. Characteristically only Peter blurted out what they all were probably thinking–Not my feet, Lord, You are not a servant.

Jesus followed this up with one of his last instructions. “You shall love one another, just as I have loved you. You will be known as my disciples by your love for one another.”

In the US, at least, it will be hard to find an organized group of people who call themselves Christian who truly practice this command.

Imagine, if you will, a group of people filled with the spirit who have that kind of love for one another. That love that will do anything for a brother or sister. Imagine what an awesome experience.

Oh, if only we could actually follow Jesus’ teachings.

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