Posted on April 15, 2019 by Nancy Schmitt
“Jesus, knowing that God had given all things into his hands,
and that he had come from God and was going to God, got up from
the table, took off his outer robe, and tied a towel around himself.
Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’
feet and to wipe them with the towel that was tied around him.”
This week is Holy Week in which we will remember the betrayal, pain, suffering and crucifixion of Jesus. Thursday of this week is a day called Maundy Thursday. The word ‘Maundy’ is an English form of the Latin word for mandate. The mandate on Maundy Thursday is Jesus’ commandment given on the eve of his death, in which he mandated his disciples and us to, “Love one another just as I have loved you.” (John 13:34).
Maundy Thursday is a time when we gather at God’s table, the Communion Table, and recall the night Jesus shared his last meal with his disciples. While they were eating, Jesus lifted the bread and cup from the table, blessed each of them, shared each of them with his disciples and in so doing made sacred the ordinary elements of life. It is an amazing table around which we gather when we share the Communion meal.
So often a table is the central gathering place in our homes. The table is the place of conversations, the place where families talk about their day, where stories are shared, where questions are raised, or where family spats are sorted out. The table is the place where friends gather, where guests and strangers are welcomed and fed, the place for snacks after school, or the place for doing homework after dinner. Sometimes we even pass the table on from generation to generation and think, “If this table could talk, the stories it would tell.”
In this Holy Week, may we be aware of the tables at which we gather and share our time. May we know that each table is an amazing table around which common people gather and at which Christ joins us.
Holy Week Blessings,