Thursday, April 17, 2014

"Love One Another" that's a direct Order

What Does "Maundy" Thursday Mean?

It was a new idea then.
It is a new idea today.
As he washed their feet, he told them
"Love one another".

The "Maundy" in Maundy Thursday
For those who do not know
Is a reference to the "Maundatum Novum"
The "New Commandment".
This he told them at the Last Supper

The new commandment is this
"Love one another as I have loved you".

This goes for white supremacists and Jews,
Ukrainians and Russians
Republicans and Democrats.
Muslims, Christians, Jews and Atheists
It is a direct order.
You must love one another. 

It is not easy to love one another,
But we do not have the luxury of violence and warfare
We are not permitted to hate, hurt, harm, kill.
Instead we are to love.

This is what Jesus ORDERED us to do.
This is his "Maundatum Novum"
Here it is in Latin and English
"Manduatum novum do vobis ut diligatis invicem sicut dilexi vos"
"A New Commandment I give you that you love one another as I have loved you".

Then he washed their feet 
Then he died for them
Then he rose again from the dead.

That's it in a nutshell.
Go do likewise...all of you.

This is the New World Order that Jesus inaugurated 
Two Thousand Years ago.
We've engaged in all manner of violence and bloodshed in the meantime
It is time we listened to Jesus.

"Enough of this"
"No more killing in the Name of God" 
Instead he loved us to the end,
Forgave us our sins,
Reconciled us to God 
And to one another

This is a direct order:
"Love one Another".
   ~Jesus of Nazareth.

The Holy Week Narrative calls us to action.

Fr Paul

"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"),

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