It is generally considered that the term “Maundy Thursday” came from the Latin version of the Bible. Most scholars consider that it came from the phrase “novum mandatum” in John 13v34 which in English is, “A new commandment I give you: Love one another.” It is also possible that it comes from the Latin word “mundi” which means clean in English and is used a couple of times in John13v10 as Jesus washed the disciples feet, “A person who has a bath needs only to wash his feet; his whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you.”

Whichever the origin (and I am happy to take both), it is a valuable reminder of our Saviour’s sacrificial love for his disciples and his “mandate” or command, for our sacrificial love too – not just today, but everyday.

As we reflect on the love of Christ for us this weekend, may we be made clean and loving by his blood and by his Spirit.

With much blessing,

Roland

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