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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for April 2, 2015

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THURSDAY, April 2   Maundy Thursday

John 13:33 Little children, I am with you only a little longer.

My children are both now in college. Since they were young, my parting words to them have always been “I love you.” Headed to kindergarten. Off to summer camp. To a friend’s house to play. These days, it’s the final salutation of text messages.

Today we remember Jesus’ final hours with his friends. A lot is packed into one evening: the foot washing, the Lord’s Supper, the command to love one another, the betrayal, the arrest. And Jesus is saying goodbye. The word goodbye can leave a vacant place in our hearts that is never filled.

Did the disciples get the chance to say goodbye, or were they haunted later by the things they never said? When they got to the Mount of Olives, did they realize these were their precious final hours with him? Did they know that Judas’ kiss of greeting was a goodbye masquerading as a hello?

Whether it was stated aloud or communicated through a long and loving look, I think I know Jesus’ parting words: I love you.

PRAY for the Diocese of Mundri (Sudan)

Ps 116:1, 10-17; Exodus 12:1-4(5-10)11-14; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; John 13:1-17, 31b-35



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