Turning us all into Pilate

This evening I attended the Holy Thursday Mass at All Saints Parish in nearby San Pierre; my home parish again did not offer one, the two churches being “clustered” these days. Just as my parish’s now-in-rehab priest did two years ago, Fr. Spranger permitted those who wished to have their hands, rather than feet, washed to do so. (I’ll refrain from ranting about my disapproval of washing the feet of any wiling parishioner, rather than only of twelve men, representative of the Apostles. Further, I understand Fr. Spranger’s wish not to aggravate health issues by bending over unnecessarily. Nevertheless, as I shall explain, I wholly oppose the washing of hands at the Holy Thursday Mass.)

From the Gospel reading for the Mass of the Lord’s Supper (John 13:1-15):

“Jesus answered [Simon Peter],“Unless I wash you, you will have no inheritance with me.”Simon Peter said to him,“Master, then not only my feet, but my hands and head as well.”Jesus said to him,“Whoever has bathed has no need except to have his feet washed,for he is clean all over;”

Matthew 27:24:

“And Pilate seeing that he prevailed nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, taking water washed his hands before the people, saying: I am innocent of the blood of this just man. Look you to it.”

Are we simply to wash our hands of the death of our Savior, a death necessary because of our sins? I think not.

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