Reflecting on Maundy Thursday: Lessons of Love and Humility from the Last Supper
Maundy Thursday, also known as Holy Thursday, is a significant day in the Christian calendar. It falls on the Thursday before Easter Sunday, and it commemorates the Last Supper of Jesus Christ with his disciples before his crucifixion.
The Last Supper is a crucial event in the Bible, recorded in the Gospel of Matthew 26:17-30, Mark 14:12-26, Luke 22:7-30, and John 13:1-26. During this meal, Jesus washed the feet of his disciples, a gesture of humility and service that has become a symbol of Christian love and charity. He also instituted the sacrament of Holy Communion, in which he shared bread and wine with his disciples, telling them that the bread represented his body, and the wine represented his blood, both of which would be given up for their salvation.
Maundy Thursday is a time for Christians to reflect on the sacrifice of Jesus Christ and the lessons that can be drawn from the Last Supper. It is a time to remember that Jesus demonstrated his love and humility by serving his disciples, and that we too should follow his example by serving others. As Jesus said in John 13:14-15, “And since I, your 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.”
On this day, Christians are also reminded of the importance of Holy Communion, which represents the body and blood of Jesus Christ. This sacrament is a symbol of the sacrifice that Jesus made for our sins, and it is a way for us to connect with him and with each other. As Jesus said in Matthew 26:26-28, “Take, eat; this is my body. Drink of it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.”
Maundy Thursday is a solemn and reflective day, and it is an opportunity for Christians to deepen their faith and commitment to God. It is a time to remember that Jesus came to serve, not to be served, and that we too should follow his example by serving others with love and humility. As we approach Easter Sunday, let us remember the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, and let us be inspired by his love and service to others.
In conclusion, Maundy Thursday is a significant day in the Christian calendar, marking the Last Supper of Jesus Christ with his disciples. It is a time for Christians to reflect on the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, the lessons of humility and service that can be drawn from the Last Supper, and the importance of Holy Communion as a symbol of our connection with Jesus and with each other. Let us use this day to deepen our faith and commitment to God, and to follow the example of Jesus by serving others with love and humility.
Written by Kow Abaka Essuman, an advocate for Jesus Christ.