The Daughter of Zion

St. Augustine comments, in a beautiful and moving section, on Christ’s washing His disciples’ feet (John 13:1-15, the Gospel for Maundy Thursday.) Augustine links Jesus’ emptying Himself of His divine glory from Phil 2 (which was the Second Lesson from last Sunday, Palm Sunday) with His humble service to His disciples. Not only is this section beautiful, it’s also very doctrinally rich — certainly no coincidence. The doctrine of Jesus is both beautiful and nourishing to faith. Augustine helps us see here the true depth of Jesus’ love in His humble act of washing dirty feet. This is how I want to preach.

But why should we wonder that He rose from supper, and laid aside His garments, who, being in the form of God, made Himself of no reputation?And why should we wonder, if He girded Himself with a towel, who took upon Him the form of a servant…

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