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"The word "Maundy" comes from the Latin word for commandment (mandatum), which Jesus talked about when he told his disciples that he was leaving them "a new commandment," that they "love one another." There were probably so many things going on in the disciples’ minds in that upper room where they had their last supper together, including fear and bewilderment from Jesus telling them that someone in that very room would betray him.
Jesus handed the betrayer a piece of bread, just as he had been feeding all his disciples all along. But on this night he fed them differently. Passing the bread, and then the wine, he spoke ominous, comforting words: “this is my body… this is my blood.” This was not an ordinary supper, not even an ordinary Passover. His words connected with what he had said on the shores of far-away Galilee “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty…. whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day”.
Jesus went out into the night and prayed. In agony he prayed. The specter of shameful execution and of bearing the curse of sin tore into the human consciousness of Jesus. And in the end it was sheer obedience to the divine plan that carried Jesus into the hands of the conspirators waiting for him.”
But yet we often fall short of the one command, to love one another. And therefor the cross and Jesus Christ crucified is redemption, restoration, and a new life; forgiven. This is Maundy Thursday. Praise be to His faithfulness.
"Thinking fondly of people headed to all sorts of churches today. Different folks will baptize, sprinkle, take the sacraments, kneel, cry, pray out loud, pray silently, sing ancient songs, sing Hillsong songs, dress up, dress down, practice liturgy, practice patience, practice human care, practice worship. If you’re sitting at home on the fence, come to us. We are all a mess. We are all trying to love God. We want to love you. You belong here."
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