The meaning behind “Maundy Thursday,” also known as “Holy Thursday,” can be acknowledged in your heart, and acted out in your life by doing what Jesus commanded the disciples during the last meal He shared with them before he was betrayed.
The word Maundy is derived from the Latin word for “commandment,” and refers to this beautiful command Jesus gave the disciples: “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
This command came on the heels of Jesus humbling himself before each of them, and washing their feet before the meal. He did this as an example for us to serve one another and to love one another.
Two important events are the focus for “Maundy Thursday:” Loving and serving one another. And you can participate wherever you find yourself today; whether you be traveling, working alongside colleagues, reading the news, at dinner with family, or alone with your memories of the past or worries for the future.
Participate by first allowing your heart to receive the love that is being offered by this Christ, allow it to fill your heart, and then let it spill over to the ones you find right in front of you.
May each of us experience the reality of love in action today and always.