Jesus Christ and his disciples at the last supper. Photo: Catholic News Agency
With few days to the celebration of Christ’s resurrection, EASTER, the Christian faithful starts counting the journey from the HOLY THURSDAY.
Holy Thursday is the last day of Lent and the first day of the paschal Triduum; the three days that begin the easter period and climax with evening prayer on Easter Sunday.
This day is significant in the life of Christians as it is the last Supper and portrays Christ’s humility and leadership with him washing the feet of his disciples.
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Significance of feet washing by Jesus Christ
Humility: Christ was the leader of his disciples, but he showed humility by washing their feet in the last supper before his crucifixion.
Religious leaders have said it signifies the need for leaders and Christians to serve others. It also signifies the need for people to show brotherly love to one another.
As the Easter celebration comes up, it is a gentle reminder to the newly elected leaders to be humble and lead by example.
Forgiveness of Sin
Easter is also a time to forgive those that have offended us and to hold no grievance as shown by Jesus Christ.
The disciples, just like any of us, were sinful and in need of redemption. Thankfully, Jesus knelt down to show that He is more than willing to wash us clean (Psalm 51:1-12).
As we prepare for the celebration of Easter, there is a need to forgive one another and be generous to our neighbours, especially those that have been affected by the just eased-off financial crunch.
The days before easter include Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday.
Writing Juliet Onwurah; Editing by Chinasa Ossai and Annabel Nwachukwu