Maundy Thursday

For years I have referred to the Thursday before Easter as “Maundy” Thursday. Today I used that expression with a person and they asked me exactly what that meant. I told them the textbook answer:

Maundy Thursday is observed during Holy Week on the Thursday before Easter. It commemorates the Last Supper when Jesus shared the Passover meal with his disciples on the night before he was crucified. In contrast to joyful Easter celebrations when Christians worship their resurrected Savior, Maundy Thursday services are typically more solemn occasions, marked by the shadow of Jesus’ betrayal.

Then they asked me, but what does “Maundy” mean? So I looked it up and thought you might like the answer as well:

Derived from the Latin word mandatum, meaning “commandment,” Maundy refers to the commands Jesus gave his disciples at the Last Supper: to love with humility by serving one another (foot-washing) and to remember his sacrifice through communion or Eucharist.

Today is Maundy Thursday and I pray you take some time to reflect on Jesus’ betrayal and sacrifice.
Tomorrow is looking “Good.”

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