10 Maundy Thursday Theses

1. The “Last Supper” is misnamed. Only when the last Christian celebrates the Eucharist for the last time will it be the “last supper”. If one believes in the resurrection, there can be no last supper.

2. Everyone betrays Jesus. Some betrayers become famous. Others are forgiven. While one is demonized. No one is innocent.

3. What we call liturgy, Jesus calls conversation. Our words to each other and God are not proscribed responses in a book. When we gather at the table, we are friends speaking among friends. When is the last time you mumbled stilted words to your best friend?

4. It matters that we’re together, not that everything is perfect.

5. The notion that God washes feet, our feet, should make you feel uncomfortable.

6. If Jesus washes feet, we wash feet. It’s not like Jesus has asked us to walk on water.

7. Judas’ father was Simon Iscariot. We all have families. Everyone comes from somewhere.

8. Everything about this evening is a celebration of life.

9. Forgiveness is not a one-way street. Jesus teaches Peter (while he’s arrested): you have to forgive yourself to move on from the “stuck places”. Be forgiven by owning forgiveness.

10. You have to know when to hold them, know when to fold them, know when to walk away, and know when to run.

Richard Lowell Bryant