Maundy Thursday

“Maundy” is such an odd word.

Maundy comes down to us from the Middle Ages, entering English in the old French form of mandé, which leads back to Latin and mandatum, meaning command, order.

The mandatum comes from Jesus’ words to his disciples.

The meeting in the Upper Room began with a shocking event for the disciples.

They have followed Jesus of Nazareth–which some acknowledge as the Messiah–for three years: astonished by His miracles, listening to His lessons, and gifted by Him with the powers of healing and casting out demons.

Yet more astonishing events await them.

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