Today is Maundy Thursday. When I mention this to some people they seem confused, asking me what do I mean, Monday or Thursday. It most certainly is not a reference to Monday, but rather to the night that Jesus observed the Last Supper with His disciples. The word “Maundy”‘ comes from the Latin word “mandatum” which means “command” or “commandment”. This is a reminder to us of Jesus’ words to the disciples during the Last Supper: “A new commandment I give onto you, that you love one another as I have loved you.” (John 13:34) This something that is often hard for us to do, but we must remember that these words are not a suggestion, but a command; and the only way we can obey is through total reliance upon the working of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
Some may wonder why bother with observing Maundy Thursday? It is important because it is one more reminder of Jesus’ sacrificial love for us. Maundy Thursday is the day Jesus a reminder of His saving work through the institution of the Lord’s Supper, and gave us an example of servanthood when He washed His disciples feet. Churches that have Maundy Thursday usually include these two things.
If your church does not hold Maundy Thursday services, I would encourage you to find one that does. I usually go to the local Anglican church located just four doors down from my house. I have found the service to be very moving and significant. It is always a blessing to me. So I know where I’ll be tonight, how about you?