Holy Thursday, or Maundy Thursday, but not Monday Thursday. Why Maundy Thursday? Maundy comes from the Latin word, mandatum, meaning commandment. In the Christian tradition, we celebrate this day as the day Jesus ate his last supper with the disciples in an upper room in Jerusalem. They were celebrating the traditional “Passover Feast.” The Passover Feast is a Jewish celebration honoring God’s protection and deliverance of the Israelites who were at one time slaves in Egypt. At this particular Passover Feast, Jesus took off His outer robe, wrapped a towel around His waist, poured water into a basin and washed the feet of His disciples, wiping them with the towel wrapped around His waist. (John 13:4-5) Imagine the dirt washing off their feet and onto His hands. The dirt from roads traveled, places visited, ground they may have trampled. He washed the dirt away from their feet because He loved them. Once finished, He stood and said, “And since I, the Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet. I have given you an example to follow: do as I have done to you…..You know these things…now do them. That is the path of blessing.” (John 13:14-17) God’s example and commandment to His disciples, and to us, that evening was to love one another.
Today, remember to show love, humility, generosity, and forgiveness to yourself and to others, for “this is the path of blessing.” Doing so honors the teachings of Jesus and brings comfort, peace and encouragement to those who are lost and afraid, and to those who simply might need a friend.