Lenten Blog – 3/29/2018
Today is Maundy Thursday. I am often asked, What does Maundy mean? It comes from the new command in Latin (novum mandatum) to love just as Jesus has loved us.
“My children, I will be with you only a little longer. You will look for me, and just as I told the Jews, so I tell you now: Where I am going, you cannot come. “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” Simon Peter asked him, “Lord, where are you going?” Jesus replied, “Where I am going, you cannot follow now, but you will follow later.” Peter asked, “Lord, why can’t I follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.” Then Jesus answered, “Will you really lay down your life for me? I tell you the truth, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times! (John 13:33-38)
Jesus had just washed the disciple’s feet. That was the last object lesson about love. He knew they would not be with him much longer. He knew even Peter who promised to stay by his side would deny him, yet he loved him all the more. The great thing about Jesus is that he loves us not because we are so lovable, but because he is love. God is love. Washing feet is a great lesson about loving people with all of their flaws and failures because that is feet in a nutshell. The kind of love that God has for us in Jesus is the kind of love that changes us from the inside. When we love others with that same kind of love, that love of Jesus is what changes people and the world.
In Christ’s Service,