Thursday, March 20, 2008

Maundy Thursday, Holy Thursday:
Either Way, a Big Day

It's Maundy Thursday. People speaking American English, and growing up in homes where "Maundy Thursday" is part of their childhood, often think it's "Monday Thursday" for a few years.

"Maundy" comes from "mandatum," or "commandment." That refers to Jesus' mandate at the Last Supper on the original Holy Thursday to "Love one another, even as I have loved you" (John 13:34).

Jesus washed His disciples' feet at that meal, too. That, and establishing the Eucharist, make the celebrations of the Last Supper a very important day for the Catholic Church. And, because we're Catholic, for this family.

We didn't do the foot-washing at Our Lady of the Angels church this year: but it's a great symbol of how Jesus, despite his Father's position, came into the world as a servant. And, eventually, a sacrifice.

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