A Word About Maundy Thursday
Please read Mark 14: 12 – 28
The focus for Maundy is “the last supper” the disciples had with Jesus. This well-known scene has been, of course, immortalized by Leonardo da Vinci’s awesome painting. During the meal Jesus says, “The truth is, one of you will betray me.” That statement is a killer of any table conversation if there ever was one. Likely, those words caused the room to be dead quiet.
“Greatly distressed,” the scripture states, “one by one they began to ask him, ‘I’m not the one am I Lord?’” All of them believed that they were truly strong and faithful followers of Jesus. It is true that Judas was the one to betray him for a price of thirty pieces of silver, but that evening and the next day as Jesus hung on the cross, all of them ran away, with Peter denying his Lord three times. They really did not know the depth of their own weakness or understand the nature of humanity. In reality all of us have our very own weaknesses as human beings. Certainly, Jesus understood that about his disciples, and he also understands that about us.
When the supper was over, he took a loaf of bread, blessed it, broke it into pieces and gave it to the disciples saying, “Take and eat for this is my body.” Then he took a cup of wine, gave thanks for it, and said “Each of you drink for this is my blood which seals the covenant between God and his people. It is poured out to forgive the sins of many. By partaking of these two elements, Jesus was forgiving all their sins: past, present, and future.
This Thursday we remember that Jesus does the very same for us; he forgives all of our sins: the ones we have committed in the past as well as the ones we will commit in the future. What a mighty and merciful God we worship!
Our prayer this day: Lord God, thank you for loving us even far beyond our understanding. You have sent your Son Jesus to show us how to get the most out of living and to forgive all of our sins so that we may have a close and eternal relationship with you. Amen