Reading – Matthew 26:26-29
While they were eating, Jesus took a loaf of bread, and after blessing it he broke it, gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you; for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you, I will never again drink of this fruit of the vine until that day.
This is the Thursday before Easter Day. On Maundy Thursday, Christians remember when Jesus shared the Passover meal with his disciples, breaking bread and drinking wine, now known as the Last Supper.
Many Christians remember this event by sharing bread and wine in a service called Holy Communion, Eucharist or Mass. It is a reminder that Jesus sacrificed his life for mankind.
The word Maundy comes from the command given by Jesus at the Last Supper, that we should love one another. At Roman Catholic Church services the priest washes the feet of 12 people to commemorate Jesus’ washing the feet of his disciples at the Last Supper.
Jesus although he was a King, he put himself in servitude to his disciples by washing their feet, a job which would normally be done by servants. Think of something that you could do for someone else to help them or just to be kind (random acts of kindness).