Maundy Thursday

Today is Maundy Thursday – it is the day we remember Christ washing the Disciples feet. I was doing a little research on Maundy Thursday and found this on Wikipedia:

The word Maundy is derived through Middle English, and Old French mandé, from the Latin mandatum, the first word of the phrase “Mandatum novum do vobis ut diligatis invicem sicut dilexi vos” (“A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you”), the statement by Jesus in the Gospel of John (13:34) by which Jesus explained to the Apostles the significance of his action of washing their feet.

Along with my fried Tara (see her post on Maundy Thursday here) I found the meaning behind the days name to be very interesting and challenging. In the past Thursday of Holy week was not a day I really gave much thought to. I knew that it was related somehow to the foot washing but it wasn’t really a part of Easter for me. My family would often go to a service on Good Friday but we never went to church on Thursday and never really included Thursday in our Easter/Holy week celebrations. But, today I find myself thinking about Maundy Thursday. How can I enter into Christ’s command to “love one another as I have loved you” today? How can I commemorate and celebrate and remember the miraculous act of the God of the universe stooping down to wash the feet of dirty and sinful human beings – of stooping down to serve them and to serve me?

With these thoughts in mind I stopped researching about Maundy Thursday and went to read through the many blogs that I read daily. Phyllis Tickle has been blogging through Lent and yesterday she wrote about Maundy Thursday and what is to come in the Triduum. It struck me and challenged me. HERE is what she wrote.

Today I have to work, tonight we have dinner plans, but I hope to carry with me the significance of this Sacred day even amidst the mundane details that are my life today. I hope to remember the significance of the God the all stooping to serve, the significance of the Last Super and the Eucharist and to in some ways enter into these sacred events today.

Rejoicing in the journey –
Beth Stedman

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Roundup From Around The Web: Make a difference

My focus of prayer this week of Lent is global – looking at “What are our patterns of thinking toward the rest of the world? Do we regularly pray for other parts of the world? Do we, as the family of God, pray for other believers elsewhere in the world? What do we think our obligation is toward them (the global church) and the rest of humanity?” So, today’s Roundup From Around the Web will be focused on sites that are doing things to help around the world and articles that are talking about people who are making a difference around the world.

The first one I want to tell you about is one I think I’ve mentioned before but it stands to mention again – www.kiva.org – this site lets you lend money to a entrepreneurs in developing countries around the world. It’s a very cool concept and I encourage you to check it out.

Here is a story about a young man who was giving a chance to start a business through a micro-loan and now employees 3 others in that business – wonderful pictures included.

This is an interesting story about a man from India and the influence he’s had on his country for Christ.

Prodigal Ruminations wrote on March 2nd a very moving blog about suffering and prayer.

One hit wonder is an organization that is trying to raise money one dollar at a time that will then be given to well-known organizations around the world – 90% of the money raised will go to the poorest communities in developing nations, the other 10% will go towards community development in Australia (where the organization is based).

This organization is trying to “end deaths due to malaria”. They are trying to do this by giving bed nets to the poor as well as participating in research on malaria. I liked that for just $10 you can provide a bed net for a family – it’s easy and a tangible thing that you know will make a difference.

Free Rice is another site that I have mentioned before but wanted to mention again. Basically all you do is play this little vocabulary game and for each answer that you get right they will donate 20 grains of rice to the United Nations World Food Program that will then go to poor families in developing nations. It’s easy and you can make a difference and feed people while you also improve your own vocabulary – I think it’s a really neat idea.

Well, that’s it for now J Hope you enjoy!

Rejoicing in the journey –
Beth
 Stedman

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Isaiah 58

 6 “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
       to loose the chains of injustice
       and untie the cords of the yoke,
       to set the oppressed free
       and break every yoke?

 7 Is it not to share your food with the hungry
       and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—
       when you see the naked, to clothe him,
       and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?

 8 Then your light will break forth like the dawn,
       and your healing will quickly appear;
       then your righteousness [a] will go before you,
       and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard.

 9 Then you will call, and the LORD will answer;
       you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.
       “If you do away with the yoke of oppression,
       with the pointing finger and malicious talk,

 10 and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry
       and satisfy the needs of the oppressed,
       then your light will rise in the darkness,
       and your night will become like the noonday.

 11 The LORD will guide you always;
       he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land
       and will strengthen your frame.
       You will be like a well-watered garden,
       like a spring whose waters never fail.

 12 Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins
       and will raise up the age-old foundations;
       you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls,
       Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.

 13 “If you keep your feet from breaking the Sabbath
       and from doing as you please on my holy day,
       if you call the Sabbath a delight
       and the LORD’s holy day honorable,
       and if you honor it by not going your own way
       and not doing as you please or speaking idle words,

 14 then you will find your joy in the LORD,
       and I will cause you to ride on the heights of the land
       and to feast on the inheritance of your father Jacob.”
       The mouth of the LORD has spoken.

 Isaiah 58:6-14

Rejoicing in the journey –
Beth Stedman

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