(The word Maundy comes from the Latin word for commandment and recalls Jesus’ teaching his disciples during the dinner that he was giving them a “new commandment, that you love one another.”)
Creator God, thou who the Bible calls “love”, you sent Jesus Christ into our world that we might see what love really looks like. He revealed his love that we might find wholeness. He commanded the disciples to show that same love to each other. Enable us to hear this new commandment and become channels of your love to our neighbors around the world.
In hearing such a call, we confess that at best we are but neophytes when it comes to knowing how to so love. Our love is often shallow and at times nothing more than a veneer for fantasy projections and manipulation. We find it difficult to love as Jesus loved because his love is so self-giving. His love is hard. His love comes with a towel and basin and the shadow of a cross.
Lord Jesus, help us to love as you have first loved us. Help us to love to do kindness to others that our lives might be a witness to life which only you can give. Aware of our need to know how to love, we pray for your Holy Spirit to walk beside us each day of this earthly journey. Enable us to let go of “self” while you nurture within us the capacity for such love. So transform our love that we might be “changed from glory unto glory, ’til in heaven we take our place.”
May we become one with you and the Father so that we might be servants to those in need.
-May we encourage any who despair because of separation from your presence.
-Give hope to the grieving that they might see that in all things, even death, you work for the good of those who love you.
-May we become your healing touch to those who are ill and frightened.
-May we bring a solid unity to a people deeply divided in the church and in the world.
We make our prayer in the name of the Lord who saves us by his love. Our father…
Prayer by Bill Wallof
“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.”