Maundy Thursday, March 29
WHAT A GRACIOUS ACT! WHAT A SELFISH RESPONSE!
The strangest thing happened at the end of the last supper. The disciples were still with Jesus in the upper room. Jesus had just taken the bread and the cup on the table and had given it new meaning. We know it as the Lord’s Supper/Communion. His body broken. His blood shed. Jesus emptied and humbled Himself — and then it happened! The disciples began to discuss, converse, and argue about which of them would be the greatest. How absurd! How foolish! We’d never!
And yet, in some of the most sacred times, we find ourselves doing the same thing. at weddings and funerals, people often say and do crazy and absurd things because they feel they are entitled to something. Forget about the couple making a grand commitment before God and others. Forget about a loved one who has passed and their families who are grieving. People show some unflattering colors at some inappropriate times. maybe you have seen it too. So sad.
There is a better way. may we have the grace, strength, and character to live out our faith in ways that build others up and not tear them down. may we do for others and think of others rather than just worry about ourselves. God sent His Son that all may have life, joy, and peace, especially in a world that is full of sadness, pain, and emptiness. may we each choose to walk in
the ways of our Lord, who emptied Himself, who took on the very form of a servant, and who was obedient even to death.
It’s funny (ironic), that emptying ourselves leads to life and fulfillment. But that’s the story of our faith, our God, and hopefully our lives. Thanks be to God!
Gracious God, help us to embody your spirit and presence by showing your love and grace to others in all of our days. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Pastor Paul Melson
Trinity United Methodist Church