How many of us, as children, used to think today was “Monday Thursday” and wonder how come we knew our days of the week but all the adults got confused this time of year?
The word maundy comes from the Latin mandatum, meaning command. It refers to the commands made by Jesus Christ on the Thursday he spent with his disciples at the Last Supper—celebrating Passover and telling them to be a servant to others, just as he—represented by his washing of their feet—came to serve.
It was at the Last Supper, that Jesus instituted the Eucharist—what many modern Christians call “communion” whereby we eat bread and drink wine or grape juice in remembrance of Jesus’ life on earth and his sacrifice for our sake.
We are reminded not only of Jesus’ life and death through the partaking of communion, but we are also reminded more so of his resurrection and the eternal life we have through him.
Jesus gave us this reminder and then commanded us to remember him each time we eat and drink bread and wine.
We remember Jesus throughout the day—beginning and ending our day in prayer. We even begin our meals saying grace. But as we’re eating and drinking; as we’re stressing and stewing; as we’re living our daily lives, do we remember him?
Three commands: Love others in my name. Serve others in my name. Remember me.
We can remember Jesus’ commands, not only on Maundy Thursday but also on Monday, Thursday and every other day of the week.
PRAYER: Jesus, thank you for your life, your death, your resurrection and for loving us so much that you would include us in your plan of salvation. Thank you for the reminders of your life and love you place around us daily. Help us to remember you in the big things today and in the small things every day. Amen.
WHAT ABOUT YOU? Do you have a special observance you partake in on Maundy Thursday?