As Christians, we recognize the significance of Maundy Thursday, also known as Holy Thursday, as it commemorates Jesus’ Last Supper with His disciples before His crucifixion.
As Christians, we recognize the significance of Maundy Thursday, also known as Holy Thursday, as it commemorates Jesus’ Last Supper with His disciples before His crucifixion. This day is observed on the Thursday before Easter Sunday and marks the beginning of the Easter Triduum, which includes Good Friday and Holy Saturday.
Jesus’ Last Supper was a significant moment in His ministry as it served as the setting for the institution of the Holy Eucharist, where He blessed the bread and wine and declared them to be His body and blood. It was also during this meal that Jesus washed the feet of His disciples, demonstrating His humility and love for them.
A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.John 13:34-35
The term “Maundy” is derived from the Latin word “mandatum,” which means “commandment.” It refers to Jesus’ commandment to His disciples to love one another as He had loved them (John 13:34-35). This mandate of love and service is emphasized during Maundy Thursday services, where foot-washing ceremonies and the sharing of the Eucharist are often observed.
As we reflect on Jesus’ Last Supper, we are reminded of the sacrificial love and humility that He embodied, even in the face of impending betrayal and death. We are called to follow His example by loving and serving one another, even in the midst of difficult circumstances.
Let us take this opportunity to remember Jesus’ commandment and to strive towards a life of love and service, just as He demonstrated on that Maundy Thursday so many years ago.