Maundy Thursday

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"Let me give you a new command: Love one another. In the same way I loved you, you love one another. This is how everyone will recognize that you are my disciples—when they see the love you have for each other." John 13:34-35 (MSG)


Most folks would agree that the derivation of Maundy Thursday comes from the latin word mandatum. This is the first word in the verse quoted above. Jesus told this to his twelve closest friends as he washed their feet. Jesus. One who many of them thought was going to bring about a new kingdom for Jerusalem here on earth was washing their feet. The example that he gave was that of a servant who washed feet to symbolize love. Love. Not inferiority but love. He said for them to love each other to be a pointer to others (a bird dog, if you will) that we are, in fact, his disciples.


On this Maundy Thursday in 2011 I reflect on the lack of love that we (disciples of Jesus) show to each other. Too often, when we have doctrinal or theological disagreements we ostracize our fellow disciples instead of love them and be okay with the beauty of complexity and diversity within! On this Maundy Thursday, I recommit myself to love. May we each do the same!


Happy Maundy Thursday, beloved! 


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