Holy Week: Thursday, March 24, 2016

Holy-Week

Good morning, Church! Let’s start today with a question: How do you feel when someone tells you what to do? “Well,” you respond, “I guess it depends upon the one giving the command.” That’s fair; but no matter who the “command giver” is, doesn’t confronting a righteous command ALWAYS irritate our proud heart? I mean, every time I get involved with responding to a righteous command, there is that miniature, devil-like leprechaun on my shoulder whispering, “Go ahead, refuse. Tell ’em to ‘shove it.’ You know what’s best for you. Tell ’em to mind their own business and leave you alone!!” Maundy Thursday is a “command day.” The term “maundy” comes from the Latin meaning “commandment,” referring to the commandments Jesus gave to His disciples when they celebrated the Last Supper. Jesus’ two commands were: 1) to love with humility by serving one another; and 2) to remember His sacrifice. Let’s consider today’s Holy Week Scripture readings and prayer to encourage us to obey Jesus’ commandments: Psalm 142, 143; Lamentations 2:10-18; I Corinthians 10:14-17, 11:27-32; Mark 14:12-25. “Loving Provider, You gather me in this upper room with Your Son, to be fed by Your love. At that supper, Jesus told us to ‘love one another’ and I know that is the heart of His gift, His sacrifice for me. I ask that I might find the source of my own heart, the meaning for my own life, in that Last Supper communion feast and command. Guide me to the fullness of Your love and life. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.” OK, now I have the fortitude to suck it up and smack that little devilish leprechaun off my shoulder and submit my heart to the blessed, living, risen Command Giver. WOW! does that feel good. I hope you feel good too. Thanks for journeying; Blessings to all–PT.

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