Maundy What?

March 20, 2008

Latin mandatum > Middle English maundy > English mandate.

So maundy Thursday is mandate Thursday.  Here is the mandate delivered by Jesus in what is sometimes called his Upper Room Discourse:

A new commandment [mandate] I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another (John 13:34).

Believer, to what extent is Jesus’ mandate influencing how you relate to others?  What role does the cross play in your understanding of the mandate and in your ability to carry it out? 


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