Maundy Thursday, from the Latin for Mandate, or Commandment Thursday:
Jesus said, “A new commandment I have for you, love one another as I have loved you, so you should love one another. By this everyone will know you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
What does it mean to love one another? Maybe Jesus was thinking along the lines of Paul in I Corinthians 13 (although Paul wrote those words some 30 years after Jesus spoke His words in John 13:34).
So, it looks like loving one another includes things like: patience, kindness, contentment, humility, politeness, calm-tempers, forgiveness, generosity, protection, trust, hopefulness, perseverance.
We should strive toward being that kind of welcoming community.
No where do I see that loving one another must mean agreeing with one another on every doctrine, choice, life style, or even interpretation. Nor do I see where we must compromise convictions.
So friends, let’s slow down the rhetoric of hate and fear (in both directions), and let’s turn up the goal of Christ-like love (see above) for even those with whom we have severe differences.
Happy Maundy Thursday. May you be prepared for Good Friday, and receive the gift of Resurrection Sunday!