The child dog asks its mother why humans are wearing muzzles (masks), and the mother responds, “Because they never learned to “sit” and “stay.” Today is Maundy Thursday, a Latin title, also the source of “mandate” or order. We know about orders!!! “Stay home.” This afternoon I will post a script that can be read for a service this evening. As we started this week waving the “palms” of our hands in praise because we did not have palm branches, we will continue this evening with a bowl of water, a candle, a piece of bread, a glass of fluid and a spoon. I find it very providential (of the Lord) that Proverbs 9, my reading for today, starts “Wisdom has built her house, she has hew out its seven pillars. She has prepared her meat and mixed her wine; she has also set her table. She has sent out her maids and she calls from the highest point of the city, ‘Let all who are simple come in here!’” Wisdom invites the simple to enter and eat with her. But, of course, the simple are the “other guys” cause I’m…errrr, add your adjective. Tonight we are invited to dine with Jesus. What can I get from some theoretical meal? Do I need my feet washed? Or do I say like Peter, “not me Lord.” Do I need the reassurance of Jesus’ presence or do I beg off, “I have married a wife, bought a field, have a TV program to watch.” I cannot consecrate the bread and fluid but we can sit at the table of wisdom and reflect. Jesus is as near to me, nourishing me as the bread in my stomach. Jesus gives me life even as the fluid, “the blood of the covenant that is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins (Matthew 26: 26-29), flows through my veins giving me life. And of course we end with the new mandate, love one another. In this day when “sheltering” is the mandate and fear of others tugs at our hearts with every broadcast, Jesus calls us to love one another even as He loved us. Now that is food for thought. Even as I need to “sit” and “stay”, I need to love and remember.

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