What Does “Maundy” Mean?
Derived from the Latin word mandatum, meaning “commandment,” Maundy refers to the command Jesus gave his disciples in the Upper Room at the Last Supper: to love with humility by serving one another.
12 When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them, “Do you understand what I have done to you? 13 You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. 14 If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. 15 For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you. 16 Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.
From the Lectionary:
Eternal God, in the sharing of a meal your Son established a new covenant for all people, and in the washing of feet he showed us the dignity of service. Grant that by the power of your Holy Spirit these signs of our life in faith may speak again to our hearts, feed our spirits, and refresh our bodies. Amen.
And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?”￼
Jesus answered, “The most important is, ￼‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, ￼the Lord is one. ￼And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ ￼￼
The second is this: ￼‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment ￼greater than these.”
During the current COVID-19 outbreak, here are a few ways to show yourself and your neighbor some love:
- Stay home if you’re sick.
- Avoid gatherings of more than 10 people, and maintain 6 ft of social distancing if you are around others. Do not shake hands. Social distancing is extremely important to protect our neighbors from being infected. You do not have to be actively sick to carry the virus or pass it to others!
- Cover coughs and sneezes, then wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer. Immediately throw away used tissues.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces. Don’t forget those cell phones!
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. (2 Cor. 13:14)
Sharing a link with you today for the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL).
The RCL is a three-year cycle (years A, B, and C) of weekly scriptures used by mainline Protestant churches in Canada and the United States. The RCL is built around the seasons of the Church year, and includes four scriptures for each Sunday: a reading from the Hebrew Bible, a Psalm, a reading from the Epistles, and a Gospel reading chosen from Matthew, Mark, or Luke. During the season of Easter, the Hebrew Bible scripture is usually replaced with one from the Acts of the Apostles. We are currently in Year A of the three-year cycle. A new lectionary year begins on the first Sunday of Advent.
And don’t forget about the “Lenten Devotional through Mark” that was in our bulletins this past Sunday, as well as the steps in Lectio Divina. A photo of the insert is below in case you’re like me and sometimes don’t make it home with the inserts! Or the bulletin!
God be with you!