Maundy Thursday, April 9th, 2020
So, what is Maundy Thursday and why is it important?
Some people call it Holy Thursday, others as Maundy Thursday. But what does the “Maundy” in “Maundy Thursday” mean? It’s certainly not a commonly-used word or something you’re likely to hear outside the context of Easter. What did this term mean, and where did it come from?
Etymologically, the consensus is that “Maundy” comes from the Latin word Mandatum (itself from the verb Mandare), which is translated “commandment.” * https://www.biblegateway.com/blog/2011/04/what-does-maundy-thursday-mean/
If you have never experienced a Maundy Thursday service, you are missing out on a truly humbling experience. It is a service usually consisting of washing one another’s feet, although I have experienced the washing of one another’s hands as well. Both form feelings of vulnerability, at least they did for me. It is uncomfortable because most people are not at ease letting someone else touch their feet; let alone wash them. And, yet this is exactly what Jesus did for the disciples. The King of Kings, became a servant to them and washed their feet.
In this act of humility, Jesus was teaching the disciples. Jesus gave them a new commandment recorded in John 13:34-35
Maundy Thursday is important because Jesus showed us how to be his hands and feet in this world. Just as the disciples spread the word of Jesus and His Kingdom, we too are called to continue the work.
“And this good news of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the world, as a testimony to all the nations; and then the end will come.” ~Matthew 24:14
“And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” ~Mark 16:15
“…and he said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.” ~Luke 24:46-47
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” ~Acts 1:8
Whose feet do you need to wash? Sing or listen to “The Servant Song” (The Faith We Sing). Consider finding a Maundy Thursday service to watch or listen to during this time of “shelter in place” during the COVID-19 pandemic. Trust in God during these difficult days.
ειρήνη – “Peace” in Greek, reference listed below.