Maundy Thursday

A reflection by Revd Ian Tomkins.

Hello… This evening we have a short reflection about Maundy Thursday, followed by a Celtic Night Prayer from the Lindisfarne community.

Holy Thursday, Maundy Thursday, is when we remember Jesus sharing his last Passover meal with his friends, the disciples.

This Passover meal was different from all others. Jesus knew it would be his last with them, and as he took the bread and broke it, and took the cup, Jesus said, when you do this in the future—after what was to come over the next three days, do it and remember me, my body broken for you, my blood shed for you.

After the Passover meal, Jesus then washed the feet of his disciples in a remarkable display of humility, setting an example to them of loving care and service for others, and commanding them to do the same for others.

And when they had finished this time together, Jesus went with his disciples to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray. All of us are made in the image of God, to reflect his truth and his love.

Jesus Christ was both fully human, and fully divine. In his humanity, he understood and felt the dread of what was to come, and as he prayed, in his humanity, he cried out for this trial to be lifted from him. God in Jesus Christ understands suffering.

But in his divinity, Jesus was also fully obedient to God, knowing that this was the only way to bring us all back into a forgiven, whole, haled and loving relationship with God forever.

Then after he prayed, Jesus was arrested—the most innocent of people, betrayed by a friend—for thirty pieces of silver. How easy it is for us to fall into temptation.

On Holy Thursday, Jesus said to his friends, as he prepared to die for us all, ‘A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another’ John 13:34Open Link in New Window

Greater love has no-one than this, said Jesus, ‘than he lay down his life for his friends’.

On this Holy Thursday evening, we’re now going to share a special evening prayer with you, as we prepare to go into Good Friday, and as we anticipate the hope and promise of Easter Sunday three days later.

Maundy Thursday 2020: Evening Prayer from Lindisfarne

There will be a video of Celtic Evening Prayer and a podcast of the reflection.

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