1. Maundy is a real word that some countries use in their daily life. When that happens, the church day is called Holy Thursday.
2. Maundy comes from the Latin – Mandatum. Mandatum means covenant and is derived from this phrase: “Mandatum novum do obis ut diligatis invicem sicut dildxi vos” (“A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you.”
3. We are discussing the Eucharist today. This is the gift of Jesus to the Church, and it is a holy thing about which we are learning. The narration starts out right into the meat of betrayal and moves on from there. One of my personal questions was what tone of voice does Jesus use when he answers Judas’ question.
Jesus: I tell you this: one of you here will betray Me.
Narrator: The disciples, of course, were horrified.
A Disciple: Not me!
Another Disciple: It’s not me, Master, is it?
Jesus: It’s the one who shared this dish of food with Me. That is the one who will betray Me. Just as our sacred Scripture has taught, the Son of Man is on His way. But there will be nothing but misery for he who hands Him over. That man will wish he had never been born.
Narrator: At that, Judas, who was indeed planning to betray Him, said,
Judas Iscariot: It’s not me, Master, is it?
Jesus: I believe you’ve just answered your own question.
Jesus: Take this and eat; it is My body.
Narrator: And then He took the cup of wine, He made a blessing over it, and He passed it around the table.
Jesus: Take this and drink, all of you: this is My blood of the new covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. But I tell you: I will not drink of the fruit of the vine again until I am with you once more, drinking in the kingdom of My Father.
Narrator: The meal concluded. Together, all the men sang a hymn of praise and thanksgiving, and then they took a late evening walk to the Mount of Olives.
I wonder if you recognize some of the things Jesus says?
I wonder why it was so important for Jesus to give the gift of bread and wine to his disciples?
I wonder what happens next?