Growing up UMC, I just don’t remember as much emphasis being placed upon Christian Holy Days other than Christmas, Easter (I hate that name, and all that it has come to mean. It should be Pesach, Passover, or Pascha), and to a degree Pentecost. Maybe they did, and I was just oblivious. Probably so.
But now I awaken to the greater expanse of other Christian traditions, and I am ignorant. Really ignorant. I see how much of my faith experience has been a personal encounter, which is good, but that I have missed out on the entire community of Christ that rejoices in these celebrations. The one thing I have been seeking for in a real sense is community, belonging somewhere. Not just anywhere, but in a place where people of like faith can explore the richness of it, celebrate it, enjoy it. Frankly, I feel cheated. I can see the attraction of living in a community setting, I just know that I can’t become a Monk.
But tonight my children and I will go to the Maundy Thursday service, and I am so looking forward to this. The commemoration of that Great Night, the preparation for the sacrifice of our Paschal Lamb. This eve is dripping with promise, ripe with expectancy, God is about His work, and I pray we receive it with open hearts. My heart is bursting with fullness as I think about this. May you all relive this night, and keep it in remembrance of Him.
13They left and found things just as Jesus had told them. So they prepared the Passover.
14When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table. 15And he said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. 16For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God.”
17After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said, “Take this and divide it among you. 18For I tell you I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.”
19And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”
20In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.