It is Maundy Thursday. Jesus shares his last supper with his disciples before he is betrayed by one of them, arrested, and executed. Luke’s version of the story is found in Luke 22:1-27.
I find it fascinating how clueless the disciples are, even at this moment. Right after the meal they argue over who is the greatest among them. They must have believed that Jesus was about to pull a fast one on the authorities, start a revolution, call down the wrath of God, and establish the true Kingdom of Heaven in Jerusalem.
Many Christians are still waiting for that Jesus to show up. We don’t really like the Jesus that actually came and said these words,
For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one at the table? But I am among you as one who serves. (Luke 22:27)
Jesus did pull a great reversal. He showed us that the way to greatness is humility and other-oriented love.
That is why today is called Maundy Thursday. Maundy means commandment. Jesus gave us one command: to love one another.
May we serve up God’s food hot and fresh today.