Scripture: Mark 14:12–25
Key verses: (22-25) While they were eating, he took a loaf of bread, and after blessing it he broke it, gave it to them, and said, “Take; this is my body.” 23 Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he gave it to them, and all of them drank from it. 24 He said to them, “This is my blood of the[c] covenant, which is poured out for many. 25 Truly I tell you, I will never again drink of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.”
Reflection: Each night, we have enjoyed having dinner together. Dinner is about the same time and we are using our fine china. My grandmother’s china, the funky artsy dishes I bought right out of college, the china reserved for thanksgiving and we are using the silver. When we pray, we touch our feet instead of holding hands and pray for those we love, the most vulnerable and for this meal to keep us strong and healthy. This meal, these feet, this family and you, our church family, are keeping us strong. Last week, we toasted a different person in the family each night. We started inviting others to join us for dinner by face-time, and we toasted them! Dinner has been an event but it is really about the love all around.
Tonight, on this Maundy Thursday, we gather around the table with Jesus and his disciples. As the night unfolds, we will see that the word at the center of Jesus’ vocabulary is Love. In the waters of baptism, Jesus heard himself named beloved and he will give this word to his friends on this night, calling them beloved. I hope that we can hear that we too are called beloved by God on this night.
This night, Jesus will not just speak the word but he will show his love. He takes this ordinary bread and cup and gives them a meal to remember him after his death. The love that Jesus enacts and speaks on this Thursday, is an extraordinary gift full of grace. The disciples will hear the charge that this grace is not just for them but a grace to be passed along and shared with the world.
I hope you will join us at 7 p.m. for Maundy Thursday worship at https://myersparkpres.org/live/
This holy week, where is the love of Christ in the rituals and worship of this week? Know, above all else, God calls you beloved.
Prayer: As we gather at our tables, O God, gather with us and may your love stretch our hearts to love each other and you more deeply. Prepare our hearts to be receptive to your love and to the love of those around us. In the name of Jesus, our savior. Amen.
Author: Michelle Thomas-Bush
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].