Maundy Thursday, April 17, 2014

Morning Psalm: 102 | Evening Psalms: 142, 143
Lamentations 2:10-18 | 1 Corinthians 10:14-17; 11:27-32 | Mark 14:12-25
“Your prophets have seen for you false and deceptive visions; they have not exposed your iniquity to restore your fortunes, but have seen for you oracles that are false and misleading” (Lam 2:14).
As the time for the passover meal drew near. Jesus instructed two of His disciples to go and make preparations (Mk 14:12-16). These preparations probably included roasting the lamb, and making sure all of the other food and wine was ready. Later that evening we see Jesus, seated with His disciples, instituting the sacrament of Holy Communion.
Just as Jesus’ disciples prepared for the passover meal, we also make preparations every time we celebrate Communion. We set out the bread and wine; we make sure that the chalice, patten, and linens are in the appropriate places; and we make sure that the service is well ordered. Most important, however, is our spiritual preparation, and especially the confession of our sins.
It is easy to enter into worship unprepared. Our lives are busy and hectic and we are constantly surrounded by noise and interruptions. Nonetheless, it is important to take a few moments to examine ourselves, looking for the places where we have fallen short of God’s glory.
At the time of the exile, the entire nation of Israel had fallen away from this practice. The prophets of that day only told the people what they wanted to hear, denying them the opportunity to repent (Lam 2:14). No one desires to hear stinging words of rebuke, but when the Holy Spirit convicts us of sin, He does so to bring us to repentance and restoration.
As you commemorate the Last Supper this evening, take some time to bring your iniquities before the Lord that He might heal you and forgive you.
Almighty Father, whose dear Son, on the night before He suffered, instituted the Sacrament of His Body and Blood: Mercifully grant that we may receive it thankfully in remembrance of Jesus Christ our Lord, who in these holy mysteries gives us a pledge of eternal life; and who now lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen (Collect for Maundy Thursday, BCP pg 221).
The Rev. Christopher Klukas
Director of Communications
Publisher Whitchurch Resources
Trinity School for Ministry
Ambridge, PA

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