Were the Apostles baptized?
Therefore, the law is ignored And justice is never upheld. For the wicked surround the righteous; Therefore, justice comes out perverted.”
That Thursday is here again and the controversy rises ever louder and the screams of the stuck brutes can be shrilly heard above the sound of truth, prayer and the celebration of the First Eucharistic Rite. I mean the silliness of washing of the feet at the Mass. It is from the Ambrosian Rite and it, the rite, uses the Latin masculine in its text. In fact it need not be done and since it is another Vatican 2 oxymoron both badly used and interpreted why do it at all? It adds nothing to the Mass. I say if you read the following scriptures and think it over carefully there is a reason for the washing of the feet. To believe my explanation after your reading I believe will not harm your faith. Yet is it an error in faith? Work it out for yourselves.
Clementine Douai Rheims
And when supper was done, (the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon, to betray him,) 3 Knowing that the Father had given him all things into his hands, and that he came from God, and goeth to God; 4 He riseth from supper, and layeth aside his garments, and having taken a towel, girded himself. 5 After that, he putteth water into a basin, and began to wash the feet of the disciples, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded. 6 He cometh therefore to Simon Peter. And Peter saith to him: Lord, dost thou wash my feet? 7 Jesus answered, and said to him: What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter
. 8 Peter saith to him: Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him: If I wash thee not, thou shalt have no part with me. 9 Simon Peter saith to him: Lord, not only my feet, but also my hands and my head. 10 Jesus saith to him: He that is washed, needeth not but to wash his feet, but is clean wholly. And you are clean, but not all (of them). 11 For he knew who he was that would betray him; therefore he said: You are not all clean. 12 Then after he had washed their feet, and taken his garments, being set down again, he said to them: Know you what I have done to you? 13 You call me Master, and Lord; and you say well, for so I am. 14 If then I being your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; you also ought to wash one another's feet. 15 For I have given you an example, that as I have done to you, so you do also. 16 Amen, amen I say to you: The servant is not greater than his lord; neither is the apostle greater than he that sent him. 17 If you know these things, you shall be blessed if you do them. 18 I speak not of you all: I know whom I have chosen. But that the scripture may be fulfilled: He that eateth bread with me, shall lift up his heel against me. 19 At present I tell you, before it come to pass: that when it shall come to He that eateth bread with me, shall lift up his heel against me. 19 At present I tell you, before it come to pass: that when it shall come to pass, you may believe that I am he. 20 Amen, amen I say to you, he that receiveth whomsoever I send, receiveth me; and he that receiveth me, receiveth him that sent me.
First we have to remember that Christ is dealing with Hebrew men and could do nothing to scandalize them. He did say, "He came to fulfill the Law not to change It". Therefore what He did must be meaningful to these men. There is a Hebrew custom that calls for washing one's feet when entering a new house after a journey. often biblicaly we find the washing of one's parts upon entering a home. The dust of the road was considered the symbol of the dust of the world, that is sin. Elsewhere in the scriptures the emphasis the pharisees made about ceremonial washing is mentioned. Peter, speaking as usual in the community as the Jewish Elder Brother (see Deuteronomy and Numbers for the hereditary position of the elder brother upon the death of the father or his duty towards the wife of a brother) Peter humbly asked not to be subjected to this washing. Christ replied strongly and if you or I were in Peter's position I do not doubt it would be so even perhaps harsh in our minds. You want to share in My future then you have to be washed. Absolutely unequivocal in the words He spoke. Peter as all the men present would know this. It is a new home we are about to enter, a future home for which we must be prepared. To be acceptable to God we must be pure, so as Peter said wash me all over and Peter knew he would be saved. There was one for whom it would not count he was not penitent and in his interior state he could not be forgiven.
Then as with the Consecration of the Body, do this in memory and later in the forgiveness of sins, Christ our Lord commanded them to do the same, to continue His work.
Remember the Divine Mercy Novena starts Friday... the First Day is especially important. It is for the Church
Labels: Baptism Apostles Christ, Washing of Feet