April 9, 2020
“But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.” Matthew 26: 29
One could not ask for more drama than the events of Maundy Thursday. Jesus, knowing that the end is near, predicts Peter’s denial and the disciples’ abandonment. He confesses in the Garden of Gethsemane his own fear of what was about to come. Later would come Judas’s betrayal and finally Jesus’ arrest.
Despite sadness pouring in from every direction that evening, we take inspiration and hope from the word “Maundy,” which comes from the Latin word “command,” representing Jesus’ command to his disciples and ultimately to us to “love one another as He has loved us.”
The message of Maundy Thursday teaches us the power of Christ’s love for us and the importance of our love for each other, no matter the circumstances or conditions. Love is not situational or conditional; it is unconditional.
Prayer: O, God, help us to internalize the message of this sacred day, Maundy Thursday, as we reflect on Christ’s unqualified love for us.