Reflections


Holy Thursday


What a wonderful day!  We hear the recounting of our salvation.  These sacred days of Holy Week, these great three days, this Sacred Triduum, begins by recalling the Passover of our Jewish ancestors in the faith.
Salvation comes from them, as Saint Paul tells us.  It is a gift of God but given to us in human form.  It takes on the form of Jesus, but Jesus is shaped by the whole history of the Jewish people.  The Passover is an absolutely pivotal moment in that history.

Just as we come together today, so also our ancestors in the faith came together to remember the Passover of the Lord.  Just as we have special ceremonies to remember what has happened, so also our ancestors had special ceremonies to recall the great works of God.

The great words of God for us which are recalled today in a special way are the gift of Eucharist, the invitation to wash one another’s feet and the institution of the priesthood to serve God by making the Eucharist present.

Of course, God is present in many ways.  Just as in the Old Testament it was not just the Passover.  Rather the Passover was one of the great moments. So also for us, the Eucharist, the love for one another and the priesthood are not all that there is in this great mystery of faith.  We focus on these three mysteries because they are at the heart of our faith.

In one sense, we can say that love is all that there is.  All of life is about God’s love for us and our learning how to live in that love and to share that love with one another.  On the other hand, we must do the practices of love in order to learn.  That is why we must learn to wash one another’s feel.  That is why we must come to know more and more intimately this gift of Jesus to us in the Eucharist.  That is why we must delight in the gift of the priesthood.
May this Holy Thursday help us grow deeper in the faith by living as Jesus did:  washing one another’s feel, loving completely and doing the will of the Father.


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