Is Plainfield's Democratic City Committee a bunch of heathens?
Assemblyman Jerry Green, the city committee's chair has put the committee in something of a pickle by scheduling a committee meeting for 7:00 PM on Thursday evening, to discuss candidates for the June primary.
That would be Maundy Thursday, the day that the world's Christians following the Gregorian calendar mark as commemorating the institution of the Eucharist, or Lord's Supper. (The word Maundy is a corruption of 'mandatum', from the Latin Vulgate translation of Jesus' words: 'A new commandment [mandatum] I give you, that you love one another as I have loved you'.)
In many parishes, the clergy and leaders of the congregation participate in washing each other's feet on this solemn evening, recalling Jesus' washing of the feet of the disciples as recounted in John 13:1-17, particularly --
12: So after he had washed their feet, and had taken his garments, and was set down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you?As a sign of humility, the Pope traditionally washed the feet of 12 poor persons from the streets of Rome at the Maundy Thursday mass in St. Peter's, a custom observed by other great and powerful people at various times, including the kings and queens of England, who did so up to the death of James II in 1701.
13: Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am.
14: If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet.
15: For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.
16: Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him.
17: If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.
In Plainfield, many will be observing this Holy Thursday at the time of the Democratic City Committee meeting, forcing a choice on those who are observant.
Is it a choice between God and Mammon?
- Maundy Thursday: "Catholic Encyclopedia" | "Wikipedia"
- Pedilavium (Foot Washing): "John 13:12-17 (KJV)" | "Wikipedia"