Thursday, 9 April 2009

Fragments on Maundy Thursday

At a lunchtime eucharist for Maundy Thursday Simone Sinn spoke about how Jesus' life could be seen as a fragment - despite the fact that all his living and preaching was about wholeness and fullness he still died young, before his time.
In German this day is called Gründonnerstag - mournful or mourning Thursday. In her introduction Simone pointed to the deep joyfulness there would have been amongst the dsiciples as they gathered for this festival supper together. Only afterwards will they have known that it was a last supper.
The word Maundy is derived through Middle English, and Old French mandé, from the Latin mandatum, the first word of the phrase "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")
As we left the altar after communion today Simone said these words of Christ to us. Maundy is not mournful but a commandment to love.
She also remembered Henning Luther, his theology of fragments, his own life as a fragment.

Feeling more than a little fragmented myself at the moment I found the service deeply moving and very satisfying.
I hope to post Simone's sermon here once she has time to send it to me.