Holy Week - Maundy Thursday
Holy Week in Christianity is the week just before Easter. In the West, it is also the last week of Lent, and includes Palm Sunday, Holy Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday (this day is more important than you may think). Holy Week doesn’t include Easter Sunday.
I’m not sure if the week is holy, but it’s certainly rich in Christian history, which is why I bother to write about it. Of the particular days of this historical week, the easiest to recognize, the prominent day, is naturally Good Friday.
But I think Maundy Thursday is worth exploring and recalling. Jesus is only a few hours away from His passion and it’s His desires to share a meal with His disciples. And it’s on this day, during this Passover meal, the Last Supper, (the model for the Eucharist or Holy Communion) where Jesus lays out and predicts, prophetically, the events that would immediately follow — including his betrayal, TY Judas, the Denial of Peter, none of us is perfect; He spoke of His own suffering while remaining fixated on the central theme of His life and mission: the coming of the kingdom of God.
“…It has been My deep desire to eat this Passover meal with you before My suffering begins. Know this: I will not eat another Passover meal until its meaning is fulfilled in the kingdom of God…”
Oh, the poignancy of this moment! Jesus is about to enter His suffering — suffering beyond knowing — and His fervent desire is to share one last meal with His disciples before He leaves for the garden, Jesus again withdraws to pray.