Today is Maundy Thursday.
Maundy is actually a translation of the Latin word “mandatum”. In John 13, Jesus gives His disciples a new commandment – in Latin, mandatum novum: Love one another as I have loved you.
This is our mandate, as Christians: to love others with a generous, life-sharing, deep affection for others. This love inspires us to want the best and work for the best for others, as tough as that may be, as counterintuitive as that may be in our culture.
lt is knowing that we all are on our human journey, a journey that includes challenges, sorrows and joys. We are together in this as we discover ourselves and what we bring to our world.
As we take time to be with others this weekend, let’s remember the example Jesus gave us: On this day, He washed the grit and grime of the day and the city off His disciples feet before they sat down for food and fellowship.
Love one another is the key message of Easter, as Jesus shared His life with His disciples, including one who would ultimately set Him up for the dramatic, painful events to come. Imagine knowing the betrayal was going to happen shortly, yet continuing to share food and fellowship with this individual and other friends. What an incredible example of acceptance and love.
So let’s each consider Jesus’ commandment: Love one another as I have loved you.
“As I have loved you” is incredibly inspiring. Tap into it, the just do it: Love one another.