Holy Thursday

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Holy Thursday

But I tell you the truth, it is better for you that I go.  For if I do not go, the Advocate will not come to you.  But if I go, I will send him to you.” –John 16:7

Holy Thursday is Our Lord’s final preparation for His disciples.  In tonight’s Gospel John says, “He loved his own in the world and he loved them to the end” (John 13:1) He loves them to the end.  He loves them completely – absolutely.  Tonight we have the beautiful opportunity to enter into the love of God in a more solemn way.  The celebration of the Mass of the Lord’s Supper takes us to the upper room in Jerusalem.  We, too, experience this preparation the disciples had through the Mass – we participate in the washing of the feet, hear Jesus’ words to the apostles to strengthen and fortify their hearts, and take part in the Eucharistic feast.

Pope St. John Paul II said, “The washing of the feet and the Sacrament of the Eucharist…[are] two expressions of one and the same mystery of love entrusted to the disciples so that, Jesus says, ‘As I have done…so also you must do.”

May we enter into this mystery of love! May we allow our feet to be washed by the Servant of All so that we can be a servant to all.  May we allow Jesus’ words (John 13-17) to strengthen and fortify our hearts so that we may not waver during times of temptation and trial.  May we enter more deeply into the Eucharistic feast, abandoning all of our cares, worries, fears and anxieties by running to Him who is the source of Life. 

Tonight we are promised the gift of the Advocate – the one who led the Apostles into the streets, bold and fearless.  Today is not a celebration of the end, but rather a celebration of the beginning.  May our lives reflect this truth!

 

Come, Holy Spirit!

Written by: Alycia
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