This morning I read this article by John Piper, titled Thursday of the Commandment. Here’s the beginning:
Today is Maundy Thursday. The name comes from the Latin mandatum, the first word in the Latin rendering of John 13:34, “A new commandment (Mandatum novum) I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.” This commandment was given by the Lord on the Thursday before his crucifixion. So Maundy Thursday is the “Thursday of the Commandment.”
I encourage you to read the rest of the article. And then consider how to love those closest to you and those around you in light of the immeasurable love Jesus was preparing to demonstrate on that Thursday so many years ago.
And then if/when you realize, like I did, how in just a few hours already today you’ve failed to carry out this commandment, be reminded that the love that was shown then has not subsided. Jesus’ love beckons us to turn from our failure, embrace his success on our behalf and find in him the joy and freedom to love as we have been loved.