Maundy from the Latin mandatum – to command, to order, to enjoin
In the upper room Jesus gave thanks to the Father, broke bread, poured out wine, prophesied his death and declared the coming of God’s Kingdom.
Down the centuries and across the world followers of Jesus have obeyed his command to share in communion to remember their Lord.
Jesus also does another extraordinary thing. He gets up from the table, wraps a towel around his waist, pours water into a basin and begins to wash the disciples’ feet.
‘Do you understand what I have done for you?’ he asked them. “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet… Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.’ John 13:12-14,17
And so we find this Maundy Thursday we are commanded to do 2 things:
- to share communion in remembrance
- to love one another through acts of service.
What does this look like in our homes and work places? in our communities? to those in economic stress? as members of God’s global family? in how we respond to refugees?
We are commanded to be heralds of the Kingdom here and now.
‘Love one another as I have loved you’ John 13:34