It was an unforgettable meal. The disciples had shared many meals with Jesus, but this meal, Jesus’ last supper, was etched in their memory because of his actions and words.
While they were eating, Jesus got up from the table and went around to each of them, washing their feet. They were shocked at this reversal of roles and they never forgot his words: “I give you a new commandment, to love one another.”
After they had eaten, Jesus took a loaf of bread, blessed and broke it and gave it to them to eat. They were stricken by his words: “This is my body; eat it and remember me.” And he did the same with the cup: “This is my blood; drink it in remembrance of me.”
These powerful actions and words have been passed down through the ages by faithful Christians. They connect us directly to Jesus. When we re-enact the last supper of Jesus, we are transported back to that night 2,000 years ago, and we become the disciples in that room.
I can think of no better way to re-connect with God and renew our faith than to participate in the Maundy Thursday service. I hope you’ll come tomorrow night at 7 pm and experience this meal.