Maundy, not Monday
The Significant Difference of U
In the Disney movie, Coco, the young boy Miguel learns an important lesson about remembering family, retelling the stories of how the family came to be, and how important remembrance is for the communal family life. It is in remembering the family members that came before, their stories, that the ancestors are kept alive. Culturally for Miguel, there is an emphasis on remembering loved ones, passing on their stories, because through the stories these loved ones remain alive.
On the day we call Maundy Thursday, we celebrate and commemorate the night Jesus commanded the disciples to break bread and drink wine in remembrance of him. Keep his story alive in our memories by telling each other, passing on the story of the lessons he taught, the example he set, and everything that Jesus did for his beloved people. This remembrance is not possible without you (U). Every time we break bread together, or share from the common cup, we pass on his story. Just as Miguel was commanded by his family members to remember and pass on their stories that they may live, we are also instructed to remember, to pass on the story.
Now, the word Maundy is a strange, archaic sounding word. It often happens when talking with people who may be unaware of the name of this Thursday before Easter, the impression given is this day is called "Monday Thursday", similar to how the Tuesday after a long weekend is sometimes jokingly called a "Monday Tuesday", because it has all the stresses of both days. But Maundy is different from Monday. Maundy derives from a word that means Mandate or Commandment. Maundy Thursday is the day of remembrance, the day we recall Jesus' final commandment to his disciples, a mandate that has been passed down to all of us: "This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you... I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father. You did not choose me but I chose you. And I appoint you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. I am giving you these commands so that you may love one another." (John 15:12-17)
You make all the difference as you remember the commandment to love one another as Jesus loved his disciples and loves all people.
~Rev. Andrea Joy Holroyd