Thursday, April 5, 2012
A fragment for Maundy Thursday (from a piece of last year's sermon)
How does Jesus love us?
He doesn’t, at this supper, say “worship me.”
How does Jesus show his love?
Remember, he says.
The meal, the washing of the feet, the commandment to love
are not separate from each other.
What will we remember about Jesus?
Who will help us to remember?
Who will urge us to remember
those with no names in the text
no names on immigration papers
no names and no faces
like so many of the people Jesus fed on the hillside?
What will those whom we leave behind when we die remember about us?
Our friends, our children and descendants if we have any, our co-workers, our communities:
what will the world remember about us?
And while we are still alive
in this brief, precious, and sometimes dangerous life,
what will friends and strangers know about us?
Will they know that we are friends of Jesus?
How will they know?
Illustration: Sadao Watanabe, The Last Supper