Holy Thursday – Night of the Passover

You call me Teacher and Lord; and you are right, for so I am. 

If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. 

For I have given you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you.

John 13:13-15

Today is Holy Thursday, which is the first day of the Easter Triduum.

The 3 most holy days that lead up to the final victorious, most glorious day of our LORD’s resurrection.

On Holy Thursday, we commemorate the Last Supper of our LORD.

On this night, He ate His last meal with His disciples before His death as part of the Passover celebration.

What is most remarkable is that as He did this, He offered the bread as His Body, and the wine as His Blood of the New Covenant.

There during this last supper with His disciples, Jesus replaced (or rather fulfilled) the observances of the Old Covenant as God gave to Moses and gave His disciples a New Covenant.

Declaring to them to keep the New Covenant as a memorial of Him.

St Paul therefore declares this same testimony about the bread and wine shared in communion among the gathering of Christians as Christ’s Body and Blood of the New Covenant.

Another striking action is what Christ did before the meal, when He washed His disciples’ feet.

He Who is the Head of His Body, the Church, humbled Himself completely to serve His disciples.

Jesus shows us the way to live in this life.

We are simply to serve one another in love, humbling ourselves before each other so that the glory of God can be made manifest through us.

Today let us meditatively contemplate God’s love for us by joining the celebration of the Mass of the LORD’s supper (if we are able to online) and spending time with Jesus in the Gospel of His Passion.

The crux of Holy Thursday was His betrayal by Judas in the Garden of Gethsamane, His disciples fled, Peter who followed behind lost heart in the face of the brutality to his Master, and there was barely any left to share His loneliness that night.

Prayer

LORD, today I want to be with You.

Tonight, I want to be by Your side.

You asked Your disciples, “could you not spend one hour with me?”

Give me Your grace LORD for I dare not rely on any power of my own.

Transform me with Your Divine life, love and grace.

Bless Your Church throughout the world, and today LORD please bring an abundance of healing upon the entire creation.

Thank You for Your redeeming love.

Amen.

Always & Forever,

To the Lamb,

With all my ❤

09 Apr 2020

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