Thursday, April 5, 2012

Maundy Thursday

“but standing by the cross of Jesus were His mother and His mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw His mother and the disciple whom He loved standing nearby, He said to His mother, ‘Woman, behold, your son!’ Then He said to the disciple, ‘Behold, your mother!’ And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home.”  John 19:25-27

In the midst of His suffering Jesus reaches out to two of His closest associates a dear friend and His own mother.  Mary is suffering as she watches from a distance.  Simeon of old had predicted that a sword would pierce her own heart when Jesus was but eight-days-old. That prediction is now her reality.

In singling Mary out Jesus turns her over to John. John has received a stepmother. Mary a stepson. John will now have the responsibility to care form Mary as his own mother. This is the 4th commandment - the honor and care of parents.  Jesus would not be able to physically care for His mother so He chooses John.

By these words Jesus demonstrates proper families regard. Parents own children spiritual and physical care, love and support.  Children owe parents love, honor, service, obedience. When they are older physical care and support.  Jesus by these words demonstrated deep concern for others. Half of Jesus' last words on the cross are concerned with the needs of others.  We are connected to each other by blood and by faith. May we show proper human regard especially with those from our own family.

O Lord Jesus, since You have left us a memorial of Your Passion in a wonderful sacrament, grant, we pray, that we may so use this sacrament of Your body and blood that the fruits of Your redeeming work may continually be manifest in us; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy  Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Julius Schnoor von Carolsfeld ©WELS
Prayer for Maundy Thursday LUTHERAN WORSHIP © 1980 Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis

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