Embodying Love and Service: Reflecting on Maundy Thursday in Community of Christ

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Reflecting on Maundy Thursday within the rich theological and communal landscape of Community of Christ, this day holds profound significance, deeply intertwined with themes of love, service, and the anticipation of Christ’s ultimate sacrifice. Maundy Thursday commemorates Jesus’ last supper with his disciples, a moment that encapsulates the essence of Christ’s teachings and his unyielding commitment to the path laid out before him. It’s a time that prompts introspection and contemplation on the nature of divine love and the call to live out that love in our own lives.

For me, Maundy Thursday is not just a historical remembrance; it’s a vivid reminder of the radical nature of Jesus’ love and the example he set for us. The washing of the disciples’ feet, a task reserved for servants, symbolizes the inversion of societal norms and the embodiment of servant leadership. This act challenges me to consider the depth of my own humility and willingness to serve others in my community, not from a place of obligation, but from a heartfelt desire to embody Christ’s love.

In the context of Community of Christ, which emphasizes the worth of all persons and the pursuit of peace, Maundy Thursday takes on additional layers of meaning. It encourages us to reflect on how we are living out the principles of Christ’s peace in our daily interactions and in our broader engagement with the world. It’s a call to action, urging us to commit ourselves anew to the work of reconciliation and to the creation of communities where love and justice flourish.

Moreover, Maundy Thursday’s emphasis on the new covenant—represented by the bread and wine—resonates with the Community of Christ’s focus on continuing revelation and the ever-unfolding nature of God’s relationship with humanity. It’s a powerful reminder of our own part in the sacred story, invited to partake in the divine, to renew our covenant with God and with one another, and to live out the principles of Christ’s kingdom here on earth.

As I reflect on Maundy Thursday, I am reminded that it’s a day of profound paradoxes: of strength in vulnerability, of leadership in service, and of life emerging from the shadow of death. It’s a day that calls me to a deeper understanding of my faith and my role within Community of Christ and the world. It beckons me to a place of quiet strength, where I am moved to wash the feet of another, to break bread in remembrance, and to live out the radical, transformative love that Christ exemplified. In this holy observance, I find both a challenge and a comfort, a reminder of the cost of love and the promise it holds for the renewal of the world.