John 13:1-17; 31b-35
How many times will we have to read this passage before we get it?
There is only one sign to the world that Christianity is real—Christians love each other.
Whenever we play “one upsmanship” in any form—whenever we belittle another Christian—whenever we refuse to wash one another’s feet, the world says, “Well, there’s nothing to it” We go to the world with a message, and the world responds, “No thanks! You have already delivered your message.”
The darkness of Maundy Thursday is the darkness of our failure to love one another—a complete contradiction of Jesus’ example and his sacrifice—a total contradiction of the very passage we use to begin a verbal witness (John 3:16).
We turn the lights off during Maundy Thursday services, but the lights are never really on in a church where there is no love.