Maundy Thursday: Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19 • Exodus 12:1-14 • Corinthians 11:23-26 • Jn 13:1-17, 31-35
Maundy Thursday is so named because of Jesus’ command to his disciples: “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” Or in Latin: “Mandatum novum do vobis ut diligatis invicem sicut dilexi vos.” Maundy is derived from that word mandatum the Latin word for “command.”
Jesus fulfills his own command by washing the feet of his disciples. Instead of calling for vengeance upon his enemies or outlining a series of doctrinal positions that he feels these men need to know he serves his closest friends and tells them to love one another. This is Jesus’ big secret. His great theological contribution.
If you had one thing to say before you were accused falsely and executed unjustly what would it be? If you were preparing for your death and had an opportunity to communicate just one thing to those closest to you what would you choose?
Almighty Father, whose dear Son, on the night before he
suffered, instituted the Sacrament of his Body and Blood:
Mercifully grant that we may receive it thankfully in
remembrance of Jesus Christ our Lord, who in these holy
mysteries gives us a pledge of eternal life; and who now lives
and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever
and ever. Amen.