God has place this wonderful creation in our hands. As U2 sings, "It's a beautiful day, don't let it slip away." We have this one life to live on this beautiful planet so enjoy these reflections on God, faith, life, and music. "After the flood all of the colors came out. It's a beautiful day."

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Maundy Thursday, The Love Command

Have you ever wondered why we call today Maundy Thursday?   "Maundy," comes from a word meaning mandate or commandment. So we have to ask ourselves what command or mandate did Jesus give to us.  Jesus commanded us to love.  When we learn this commandment we often learn the version found in the synoptic gospels “Love the Lord you God with all your heart, mind, and soul and love your neighbor as yourself. On Maundy Thursday we use the commandment found in John 13

34 "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."
This version of the commandment has a shift. Instead of beginning with our actions toward God, ourselves and our neighbors we are reminded that Jesus loves us and we are to love in the way we have experienced love from Jesus. Before this command is given, Jesus has dropped to his knees and washed their feet. He has expressed loved by showing love. He then asked the disciples to follow this example. So on Maundy Thursday we remember the love we have experienced from God and are encouraged no matter how dark the night gets and it will be getting very dark for those disciples, that we will experience the love of God and will show that love with each other and those we encounter.

Jesu, Jesu, fill us with your love,
show us how to serve
the neighbors we have from you.

Kneels at the feet of his friends,
silently washes their feet,
master who acts as a slave to them. Refrain

Neighbors are rich and poor,
varied in color and race,
neighbors are near and far away. Refrain

These are the ones we should serve,
these are the ones we should love;
all these are neighbors to us and you. Refrain

Loving puts us on our knees,
serving as though we are slaves;
this is the way we should live with you. Refrain

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