Today’s Pastoral Message

Scripture, thoughts and prayer for Maundy Thursday

Exodus 12:1-4, 11-14; Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; John 13:1-17, 31b-35

Here we are on Maundy Thursday in a Holy Week like none of us have ever experienced before.  If we were able to gather as a church, we would have shared a simple meal in the Founders Room and gone into the sanctuary to hear the scripture read and celebrate the Lord’s Supper. 

It is the day on which we remember that last Passover supper that Jesus ate with his closest disciples.  He washes his disciples feet and shows us by example the humble ways of love and service.  Jesus also invites Peter, James, and John to pray with him in the Garden of Gethsemane before his arrest.

The world was about to change for Jesus and his disciples.  After they depart from that last meal together in the upper room, nothing would ever be the same again.  There is a connection here to our lives as we live them today.  Jesus’ closest followers had their world disrupted from the way it used to be, and so do we today.  Some things will never be the same.

The word “Maundy” comes from the Latin “mandatum.”  It is from a verb that means “to give” or “to order” as in a command.  After Jesus and his disciples finished the Last Supper and started walking toward Gethsemane, Jesus taught them a new commandment saying, “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another.  Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another” (John 13:34).

In a strange and all so real way, one of the ways we show our love for one another these days is through social and physical distancing.  All people need love.  God is our ultimate source of love.  One question to ponder today and these days ahead is:  What can I do now in this time of social and physical distancing to show the love of Christ?

Loving Lord God,

however I might come to you in these days,

you gather me in the upper room with your son,

to be fed by your love.

Guide me to the fullness of your love and life.

Amen.