I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.
– John 13:34
The word “Maundy” is taken from the Latin word for command. On Maundy Thursday, the church remembers Jesus’ last supper with his disciples when he washes their feet and institutes a new practice around bread and wine that foreshadows his death, and it remembers Jesus’ journey to the Garden of Gethsemane with his disciples to pray before being arrested.
As we observe this somber night during a pandemic, the words of Jesus’ command seem of utmost importance.
Here are some suggestions for how you and your family might enter into this story:
- Pick one act of service for someone to complete today.
- Talk about the Last Supper at your own dinner table.
- If your home has more than one person, consider doing a simple foot washing service.
- Participate in this passover-like liturgy from Missio Alliance.
- Have an extended time of prayer in the evening.