Thursday, April 13, 2017

Maundy Thursday

Maundy Thursday, April 13, 2017 Psalm 112:7

Psalm 112:7 English Standard Version (ESV)

7 He is not afraid of bad news;
    his heart is firm, trusting in the LORD.

"Maundy" comes from the word “mandatum”, which means "commandment" and refers to Christ’s mandate at the Last Supper on Holy Thursday to "Love one another, even as I have loved you" (John 13:34)  

“Bad news” Upright people do not fear setbacks and do not constantly worry about what could be lost. They know God will never lose them.  2

Ours is not to panic but to trust. We commend our lives into the sure hands of God.  As Jesus willingly endured His arrest, trial, and passion we place our lives into His hands. The Father demonstrated His love for us by having His only Son Jesus suffer on our behalf. When overwhelmed by life’s issues place your cares into the hands of Jesus who has promised to carry you in every circumstance. 

O Lord God, who hast left unto us in a wonderful Sacrament a memorial of Thy Passion, grant, we beseech Thee, that we may so use this Sacrament of Thy body and blood that the fruits of Thy redemption may continually be manifest in us.

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, forever and ever. Amen  2
[1] Lutheran Study Bible, © 2009 Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis
[1] Collect for Maundy Thursday,
Luther’s Seal © Ed Riojas, Higher Things

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