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.  By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:34-35 ESV)
 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.  Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.  You are my friends if you do what I command you. (John 15:12-14 ESV)
“Maundy” comes from the Latin word that means “commandment”. And the text we traditionally look at is John 13:34-35 but John 15 12-14 is a great followup and explanation of what this love looks like. So I offer these reflection points as you enter this Triduum, “The Three Days” (Maundy Thursday – Easter Vigil) and look forward to Easter:
(1) Jesus FREELY laid down his life for you. He wasn’t forced.
(2) Jesus calls you friend, not servant, since he has made know to you what the Father has made known to him.
(3) Laying down your life may not mean a physical death for someone but rather humbly serving one another (Washing their feet; see John 13:1-20)
(4) Laying down your life for someone should never feel coerced; if it does then you’re really not laying your life down for them.
(5) If you believe that Jesus laid his life down for you then laying your life down for someone else will be a joy.
(6) If the truly value the Life you have through faith in Jesus, then laying your life down in this life is not a loss but rather a gain.
(7) And as I have written about before, if you truly love Jesus, then following the commandment to love one another is done joyfully and not begrudgingly.
Reflect on these points.
Read these texts over and over.
Give thanks to God that Jesus gave his life for you.
And then go out and joyfully give your life for someone else.
Praise be to God!
Holy God, thank you for Jesus and I praise you that he laid his life down for me, a sinner, that I may have Life eternal. Amen.
The Pastor -|—