CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

April 21, 2011

Lenten Study: 7 Deadly Sins—Maundy Thursday


CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

LENTEN STUDY: 7 DEADLY SINS

MAUNDY THURSDAY

MONTE W. HOLLAND

INTRODUCTION

     The following study is a journey through Lent, the forty-day pre-Easter season (which excludes Sundays).  Easter’s date, determined by the time of the first full moon after the Spring equinox, is very late this year.

     Traditionally, many Christians use Lent for self-examination and a renewal of their commitment to their faith.

     This year I  chose to do a devotional study on aspects of the Seven Deadly Sins, sins identified by very early Christians as key behaviors separating man from God and God’s will. The seven sins are not listed together in the Bible—each is, however, spoken about in various Scripture sites.

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THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS:

GREED, ENVY, ANGER, LUST, GLUTTONY, SLOTH and PRIDE.

THE ASPECTS OF THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS ARE:

#1 Breaking the Mosaic Law

#2 Defying God or rebelling against God

#3 Acts of violence to others

#4 Failing to make proper sacrifices or worship

#5 Not living up to or reflecting God’s glory (not living as one created in God’s image)

MAUNDY THURSDAY

SCRIPTURE:  13:1 Now before the festival of the Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart from this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.
13:2 The devil had already put it into the heart of Judas son of Simon Iscariot to betray him. And during supper
13:3 Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going to God,
13:4 got up from the table, took off his outer robe, and tied a towel around himself.
13:5 Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was tied around him.
(John 13:1-5, 12-15, 34,35)

13:12 After he had washed their feet, had put on his robe, and had returned to the table, he said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you?
13:13 You call me Teacher and Lord–and you are right, for that is what I am.
13:14 So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.
13:15 For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you.”

 

13:34 I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.
13:35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

DEVOTION:  Lent is drawing to a close. Maundy Thursday and Good Friday are upon us.

     Maundy Thursday is associated with the upper room Passover meal and the institution of the Lord’s Supper (Holy Communion.) Only the Gospel of John brings foot-washing into this event. Jesus reminds us that we are servants of one another. No task is too menial for a disciple of Jesus.

     What powerful words of Jesus: I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you. Are we ready? Can we reach out to others as Jesus did? Will we embody the Love of Christ?

     Once again in this passage brings us to the core teaching of Jesus—love.

     We have spent these days in Lent examining the most challenging sins that keep us from being disciples of Jesus. Now it is time to look to the days beyond Lent and Easter and ask what our lives will be like. Jesus puts it very simply: By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.

  • Take time today to attend a worship service and remember this special day in the life of Jesus.
  • Take time to offer the love of Jesus to someone today.

PRAYER:  Thank you, Jesus, for your teaching. May we hear your new commandment and grow toward living it more fully each day. Amen.

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 To start at the beginning of this Lenten study on the Seven Deadly Sins, click on: Ash Wednesday: Intro to Lenten Study on the Seven Deadly Sins

To read the previous devotion, click on: Lenten Study: Seven Deadly Sins—Deadly Sin Recap

To read the following devotion, click on: Lenten Study: 7 Deadly Sins—Holy Saturday

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ADDITIONAL READING:

Holy Week: The time from Palm Sunday to Easter

NEWSFLASH: MEN ARE WAITING FOR SOME SPECIAL POWER FROM JESUS

SHALOM! MY LORD AND MY GOD! The Easter Story as told by Mary

My Childhood Home: 29 Spring St., Portsmouth, N. H.

The Cycle of Abuse in Domestic Violence

Characteristics of healthy families

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