Maundy Thursday

( from Lutheran Church of the Master’s monthly publication, ‘The Mast’)

Traditionally in the Christian Church, this day is known as Maundy SEU 18 by { angie }Thursday. The term ‘Maundy’ comes from the Latin word mandatum (from which we get our English word mandate), a verb that means “to give”, “to entrust”, or “to order”.  The term is usually translated to “commandment”, from John’s account of that Thursday night.  According to the Fourth Gospel, as Jesus’ and the Disciples were eating their final meal together before Jesus’ arrest, he washed the disciple’s feet to illustrate humility and the spirit of servanthood.  After they had finished the meal, as they walked into the night toward Gethsemane, Jesus taught his disciples a “new” commandment, that was not really new  (John 13:34-35) :

 “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; even as I have loved you, you also ought to love another.  By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”



This post is a replay of last year’s Maundy Thursday posting.

How have you done in the area of ‘loving one another’ since last Maundy Thursday?

Have you humbled yourself and taken on the qualities of the lowest slave in the household, to serve others in love at the expense of your own position in life?

I haven’t.   At least not very often and not for very long and not probably not for the right reasons.



9 Responses

  1. Doh–there’s that Law stuff again! I’m so glad He followed it up with His Supper!

  2. Exactly!


    That seems to be His M.O..

  3. I haven’t done any of those things…

    Bad me!

  4. Bad you!

    Bad me!

    And bad everyone!

    The law is no respecter of persons.

    Thanks be to God that we have a Savior who loves us, and forgives us even though we are disobedient.

  5. I knew you were a slouch Steve. Well now maybe this next year you can try harder do better and make up for all your past transgressions without making any new ones.
    Good luck with that.
    Oh wait. Perhaps the better way to go is just to repent by believing Christ paid for our sins with the events of tomorrow afternoon.
    That is right, repent by believing. Truly Christian repentance is to believe that Christ has forgiven your sins, to try stop perfecting in the flesh with the law, what has been started by the Spirit through hearing with faith.

  6. What you got me on moderation! what’s that?

  7. I don’t put anyone on moderation! It must have been the Holy Spirit!

  8. “Truly Christian repentance is to believe that Christ has forgiven your sins.”

    Yes! And I can hardly wait to receive Christ’s forgiveness FOR me over and over again in Absolution and the Supper!

    Yay! Only four and a half hours to go until Maundy Thurs Divine Service! (I’ll just try to remember my baptism until then.)

  9. Could not have been the Holy Spirit. The Holy spirit never censures the Gospel. The only Spirit that does that is the one Zwingly swallowed feathers and all

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