Welcome to my Lenten journal for Holy Week. You are welcome to follow along and comment.
On Mandy or Holy Thursday, Jesus has home church with his closest and most trusted disciples. Now we get to the more familiar parts of Holy Week. Studying through Monday- Wednesday and reading all of Matthew 26 creates a perspective for today’s text. It was eye opening for me. Hope it is for you too. Here is one thought among many.
“7 a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, which she poured on his head as he was reclining at the table…26 While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body”… 56 But this has all taken place that the writings of the prophets might be fulfilled.” Then all the disciples deserted him and fled.”
This is a story of immeasurable grace wrapped in abandonment, betrayal, cowardly back stabbing and abuse of power. These acts are not done by the bad guys but by his friends and Sunday school teachers hiding behind the Roman’s skirts and pretending to do no harm. Knowing this, Jesus gave us all THE gift. Communion. Communion is both an ordinance of the church and a condition of the heart, binding us to Jesus.
I love Holy Communion. It is Jesus’ most intimate gift to His Church. Within it is mystery and a remembrance of all of God’s promises. Within it is also our need for forgiveness. As the original disciples took that first communion, one betrayed Jesus to death, the rest abandoned him as He completed his ministry to us. I ne d the have given them today.
I am confronting myself this morning. I have no judgement of you. I have forsaken Christ and walked apart myself. Even though my sins may seem mild, this is a day of decision for me. I must make the choice for Grace.
You and Me and we have a decision this Holy Thursday. Will we choose the bunnies and eggs and forsake the cross? Will Easter be about new clothes and the annual trudge to church or will we embrace the gift of life that is the life in Christ.
That is what Maundy Thursday means. In Christ’s offering on that Thursday so long ago we were given a way to connect and stay connected with God. We have to choose one way or another. We can’t not choose. Today I choose Jesus.