Thursday 2 April
By Rev Robin McHaffie - Linton, Morebattle, Howman and Yetholm Parish Church
'If I do not wash you, you can have no part of me'. Words for Maundy Thursday I will be reading for the 24th time in the same place on the same night. This little rural church is not far from the Teviot and Tweed and enjoys some beautiful feeder rivers rolling down from the Cheviots. We are surrounded by cattle. Prize stock carefully bred over generations. They need water too and it is fed from the springs or pumped from the rivers to troughs and sheds. Massive sheds. One of our number was telling me the other day he got a quote of £80,000 to concrete the floor of his new shed where he will calf a big number of cows this spring. So in Linton we will wash feet and break bread surrounded by well-fed, well watered stock and offer a prayer perhaps for Galgalo and his fate aware that for the lack of a bucket or two of water his economic life may end. It is hard to stay clean in this divided world. Sure, have my pound, but it is hard to feel clean aware of all I am not doing to help the Galgalos of this world. But then maybe that is the story of Maundy Thursday. 'Wash me Saviour or I die'.
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Galgalo has to find water for his cattle, but it is getting harder because the rains are more erratic.
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