Today is the time in the Holy Week leading up to Easter/Resurrection Sunday that we celebrate Maundy Thursday. In some traditions it is called Holy Thursday. It commemorates the final night of Jesus life before he goes to the cross. It is the night in which he washes the disciples feet and institutes what we call the Last Supper or the Lord’s Supper.
In some countries today is a public holiday, but not in America. Some Churches have special programs today, but mine does not. In my tradition we take the opportunity each week to celebrate the Lord’s Supper, or as we often call it communion. It is a time for us to focus on the fellowship we have with God through the work of Jesus on the cross. It is a time in which we fellowship together at his table being reminded that we are united as believers by his grace. For us, every week is a reminder of the sacrifice Jesus made to bring us together in communion with God and other people.
Today is the day we remember how it all started. Today we remember that Jesus humbled himself and became obedient unto death – even death on a cross. I hope that at some point through this day you will pause and think about Jesus words. Maybe with a Church somewhere or simply with other believers in a group. Maybe with your family. Maybe just in the quiet of your mind.
Matthew 26:26-29 While they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.”
(27) Then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. (28) This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. (2)9 I tell you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it anew with you in my Father’s kingdom.”