Maundy Thursday

Tonight we went to the Maundy Thursday service. It was a quiet, contemplative time of remembering Jesus’ last evening with his closest friends, including the Last Supper preceded by the washing of the disciples’ feet.

Communion takes on a special meaning for me every Maundy Thursday. Tonight something that particularly struck me was the contrast between the attitude of many of Jesus’ followers who just the Sunday before had seen the crowds welcome their leader with palm branches and shouts of Hosannah, and who still were expecting special positions as leaders in the Messiah’s earthly kingdom, compared to Jesus’ act of washing their feet and telling them to serve others.

According to Wikipedia

The word Maundy is derived through Middle English, and Old French mandé, from the Latin mandatum, the first word of the phrase “Mandatum novum do vobis ut diligatis invicem sicut dilexi vos” (“A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you”), the statement by Jesus in the Gospel of John (13:34) by which Jesus explained to the Apostles the significance of his action of washing their feet.


May this Easter weekend be a time of much more than eggs and bunnies, and even more than contemplating salvation through Christ’s sacrifice. May it be a time to put into practice the new commandment given on the first Maundy Thursday.

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