Thursday, March 28
Maundy Thursday Minute for Mission
Menaul School in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is one of the PC(USA)’s historically racial ethnic schools. It serves students in grades 6 through 12 and offers a first-rate educational experience for college. Menaul School has also been seen as a mission school since its founding in 1896. Even though it is a private school, many of the students who attend receive tuition assistance. The school receives gifts from individual churches and support from the Christmas Joy Offering, one of the four special offerings of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
Being seen as a mission school means that we not only receive but also give back to the community. During Holy Week, each grade plans and participates in giving back, through painting of churches, cleaning churches and area missions, cooking and feeding at local soup kitchens, or even leading congregations in discussions of racism.
Maundy Thursday reminds us to love and serve one another as Christ loves us. Jesus, facing his own imminent death, took time to celebrate a meal with his disciples. We are to put our gratitude in action by serving and giving back to one another, especially our community. The Menaul community appreciates the gifts that allow us to maintain a great school and sacred community, so in turn we do the same for those who seek our labors of love. Although at times our resources are stretched thin, we realize—just as the disciples do in Mark 6:38—that we have enough loaves to share.
—Rev. Buddy Monahan, chaplain, Menaul School
Let us join in prayer for:
Let us pray
God, remind us to love and serve one another always. Open our hearts in a positive way so we too will know that we have enough loaves to share. Amen.