Holy Thursday, April 18, 2019
Today, in Mercy, we celebrate the gift of the Eucharist, infinitely profound in meaning and effect.
The scripture passages for this evening’s liturgy are filled with symbols to help us pray with this profundity:
- the Lamb
- its exonerating blood on the lintel
- the blessing-cup of Psalm 116
- the bread
- the wine
- the towel, basin and water
There is an action connected to each of these symbols which actualizes its meaning:
- sacrifice – the Lamb
- sign– its exonerating blood on the lintel
- lifting– the blessing-cup of Psalm 116
- breaking – the bread
- pouring– the wine
- washing – the towel, basin and water
With his final command in today’s Gospel, Jesus tells us how important action is for those who want to follow him:
I have given you a model to follow,
so that as I have done for you,
you should also do.
As we look at our own lives on this Holy Thursday, what symbol and action speak to our hearts?
- Is there a sacrifice we are called to make for the sake of goodness in the world?
- Are there signs of our faith that we need to make evident?
- Do we lift up our praise to God in all aspects of our life?
- What needs to be broken and poured for Christ to be fully alive in us?
- How are we called to be servant like Him?
On Holy Thursday, Jesus makes it clear that sacrament and service are inextricably tied to each other. As his followers, it is not enough to venerate the symbols. They must be memorialized in our loving actions for one another.
Dear Friends, on this beautiful feast of Christic Love,
let us pray wholeheartedly for one another.
I promise you that in a special way today.
Music: two offerings today
Pange Lingua- traditional Holy Thursday hymn written by St. Thomas Aquinas
Song for Holy Thursday – English rendering of the Pange Lingua