The Commandment

Happy Holy Thursday, or Maundy Thursday!

Why is it called Maundy Thursday? The title of this Thursday actually comes from this line: “Mandatum novum do vobis ut diligatis invicem sicut dilexi vos.” Translated, it means, “I give you a new commandment: that you love one another as I have loved you.” And “maundy” is short for “mandatum,” which means commandment.

Here’s the gospel for today:

For today, I’d like to feature this artwork, if only because I adore the gentleness in Jesus’s face as Peter argues with Him:

Christ Washing the Disciples' Feet, by Bernhard Strigel, c. 1520s. Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, Germany. Via IllustratedPrayer.com
Christ Washing the Disciples’ Feet, by Bernhard Strigel, c. 1520s. Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, Germany.

It looks like Peter is arguing with Jesus and demanding Jesus to bathe all of him, not just his feet, if it’s really that necessary. But, Jesus doesn’t seem to mind Peter’s talk. Instead, He explains gently what He really means and waits for Peter to allow Him to bathe his feet.

And I think that’s very important to note: the gentleness of Christ when He comes into our lives and asks us to change for Him. I know that when I go to adoration, I am constantly reminded of that gentleness in the Presence of the Sacrament, and it just floors me every time.

This is especially true since I tend to argue with God during adoration. A lot. There are times that I am very obstinate and annoyed and maybe even angry(!) with God for doing things His way instead of my way! What can I say? It’s like He’s God or something and doesn’t want to be ruled by my petty tyranny!

And yet, even though sometimes I am annoyed or angry with God, He is patient and kind and always willing to wait for me to turn around. There is a gentleness in going to Him that I don’t experience anywhere else. And I am reminded that this is the sort of love and patience that I need to treat everyone… my husband, my children, my neighbors, the world… everyone.

After all, that was His commandment — to love everyone as He loves us.

 

Dear Jesus,

Help me to love others as You love me.

Amen.

Karina Tabone

Karina Tabone is a wife, mother of four, author, blogger, and lover of Christian artwork. She's the author of the Illustrated Rosary series, which pairs every prayer of the Rosary with beautiful religious artwork. She likes also milkshakes, sunshine, and mystery novels. Follow her on Twitter at @illustr_prayer.

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