Maundy Thursday / Holy Thursday– 2015
When we remember a person we may have certain feelings and emotions. Most of these memories bring us happiness in us. But some can be just opposite too. Such memories have a great role in our lives. If we take them positively, any of these good and bad memories can help us to grow in our life. And this is the great capability of us, human beings. Because some of such memories really help us to live further, they give us power and orientation.
We have so many examples in our life. I believe the co-pilot, who caused the plane crash last week, too missed such good memories in his life, which frustrated him and caused the death of further 149 people. Yes, emotions have sometimes great value.
Today on this Thursday, we celebrate the remembrance of Jesus with pleasure, and cherish the tradition of good memories of him.
„Do this in memory of me“. These words of Jesus, when he broke the bread is an invitation to us. He asks us to remain in a new covenant of love, a covenant of relation. Because Jesus knew, relations and emotions are very important to us. He knew, to continue this relation his friends need not only words, but actions and signs. That is why he played the part of a servant by washing the feet of his disciples. The touch and the emotions and moreover the readiness to set a sign of love by action had it’s fruits.
In that way Jesus left behind some great memories.
Here we have the memory of a serving God, who at the same time becomes the centre of everything. Only Jesus could do that, since he was filled with that kind of healing love. We do cherish them even after 2000 years, with great love and care.
My dear friends,
Jesus didn’t make use of the weakness of others, but he himself tried to empower them. He gave his life both physically and spiritually for the well being, for the betterment of others. He asked his followers, not to fight and conquer for power and other wealth. But his commandment was to love and serve. That makes him different, because these messages of Jesus changed the world a lot. They are still changing a lot of people.
Washing the feet, is for many of us something which is not according to the present times. It is seen as some strange tradition in some parts of Europe. Sure, it is strange and it is not easy to do that job in a modern world.
But it is a powerful sign, just like the sign of breaking the bread.
Because, in both actions, Jesus makes himself to nothing.
He is not a hero, but becomes a „Zero“.
He is not the presiding master, but a serving servant.
He is not consuming the bread, but sharing it as his body.
Yes, both these signs are inspired by the great feeling of Love and service.
Both of them are done in much dedication and love.
We find this love even in our modern times. It Jesus lacking this love, his service would have brought not much value at all.
„Do this in memory of me“.
Yes, Jesus asking me and you this even today – daily.
Can we remember his greatness?
Can we follow his great ways of service and love?
What feeling does others have, when they have to remember us?
Can we leave good memories for others as Jesus did?
Can we put a sign of love and sharing or caring?
Then even our lives will be a holy sign of memory for the time.
May God bless us all! Amen!