Thought For The Day 03/28/13

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Maundy Thursday

Holy Thursday, Covenant Thursday, Great and Holy Thursday, Sheer Thursday and Thursday of Mysteries

 

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With respect to Holy Communion, it is up to the communicant to decide whether they are in a state of grace and worthy to receive the Eucharist. Each one of us makes that decision.

Roger Mahony 

http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/keywords/communion.html

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Today is Maundy or Holy Thursday which is the day we remember Christ’s celebration of the Last Supper with His disciples. And while some of the gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke) share the story of the Eucharist or of breaking of bread saying (using slight variations in wording), “this is my body which is given to you”, and the passing of the cup of wine saying, “this is my blood which is shed for you”, and finally, “take and eat and drink these things in remembrance of me”, John, instead, talks of Jesus washing the feet of His disciples. “The evening meal was in progress, and the devil had already prompted Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus. Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.” John 13: 2-5 NIV. But each of the eye-witness reports of the evening contained in the Gospels, deal reverently of this last time all would be united in toto.

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It would be a few, short, hours until Judas Iscariot would betray his Master to the chief Sanhedrin Priest for 30 pieces of silver. It would be a few short hours until Jesus would ask of His Father in Heaven, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” (Luke 22:42 NLT), but it would be for naught! It would be a few short hours until Peter, his friend and second disciple (following after his brother, Andrew), would deny Christ 3 times before dawn. It would be a few short hours when He would be surrendered to Pontius Pilate, by the priests, eager to be rid of the threat to their beliefs. It would be a few short hours until He was branded a traitor and when Pilate would ask of the crowd to determine Christ’s punishment. It would be a few short hours when He would be abandoned by the people who had welcomed Him with palm fronds only 4 days earlier. It would be a few short hours when the mob would cry for the release of the murderer Barabbas instead of Christ. It would be a few short hours when He would be humiliated by being forced to carry his own means of execution. It would be a few short hours when He would have His flesh and beard torn by whips, His scalp pierced by a crown of thorns, stabbed in the side, wrists and feet punctured by spikes.

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He knew all that would come and still He asked of His Father in Heaven near His end, ‘Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.'”‘ (Luke 22.34 (a) NLT. How many of us could find it within our hearts to forgive friend and foe alike who turned their backs on us and who tortured us? Few, I am sure. I do not know if I could manage to forgive anyone were I in the throes of pain such as He must have experienced. However, it is how we must strive to live if we are to reach our reward for a life well and faithfully lived!

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 Then he fell on his knees and cried out, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” When he had said this, he fell asleep.

Acts 7:60 NIV

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About Mandy Bruscella

Mandy's Story: As a Registered Professional Nurse with Certification in a number of specialties including home care, I was afforded the opportunity of working closely with various Social Service Agencies in NY and NJ. ~ A lifelong Christian, I was ordained as a Presbyterian deacon in 1993 and, after relocating to SC in 2000, elected to become ordained as a non-denominational minister. ~ I established "MandysPath" Ministry in 2011. "MandysPath" Ministry is a member of Pacific Life Church, El Sobrante, CA, network of ministries. ~ I direct an outreach ministry in an alternative setting, providing spiritual care to a congregation of more than 500 people from around the world via the Internet. ~ As part of this outreach, I write a daily faith based blog. In March, 2012 I was asked to become a board member of Heroes For Children which is a non-profit foundation, established to assists the Guardian ad Litem program of Horry County, SC. Guardians ad Litem are a group of court appointed advocates who represent the best interests of children in Family Court proceedings involving allegations of abuse or neglect. Working closely with these men and women who make a difference in the lives of children, I completed training and have been sworn in to serve as a Guardian ad Litem for the state of South Carolina . ~ I have been married since 1975 to a wonderful man, Daniel. I have a son Daniel and his wife Melissa who live in NYC. My daughter Sabrina and my grandson Landon live here in SC. ~ My father Harold continues to share his wisdom with me and is responsible for many of the ideas I write about!

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