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Holy Thursday

Tonight we celebrate the remembrance of the Lords Last Supper.

We take the action of washing, we take the action of breaking of the bread, we take the action of sharing of his blood, and we share together, and live in the moment of the Last Supper. We listen, we talk, we eat, we drink, we remember. 

I love teaching children about this wonderful night. It's the main focus on First Communion. I have so much fun when I teach. It blows their mind when I say, " Every Sunday we do the same thing Jesus did at his last supper. WE actually still use the same words that Jesus spoke!" and many of them are amazed. And so am I every single Sunday. 

Why?

Because I get to share in the meal the Lord offered to his disciples. I get to take part in the meal that God has set before us. God offered us a wonderful table of the finest banquet. I often like the depiction of wheat, and grapes together, to show the wear the bread and wine came from. 


I loved to see over social media the pictures of then Cardinal Jorge ( Now Pope Francis) go to a hospital and wash all the children's feet.  Seeing those really warmed my heart. When I saw those images the first line that came to my head was, "Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet" On a night like tonight Jesus gives us a wonderful wonderful example. 



Washing. 




I've always personally loved the image of washing, and how Jesus washes a way our sins. Jesus gave us the example to wash each others feet. Regardless if he meant it literally or not, we use it as part of our celebration every Holy Thursday. Jesus washing the disciples feet was the biggest symbol he gave us. It goes right with his saying, " No master his greater than his servant" Jesus, being the king of humanity, humbled himself, got down on his knees and washed the feet of the disciples.

The master was the servant. The master got down and served the servant. In the time of Jesus it was only the rabbi's that got sandals. All the disciples feet would then be dirty. So when ever anyone went over to another house it was costumed for that person  wash the feet of the person whom visited.


Christ broke the bread and gave it. It was a common practice back then to break bread and share it among everyone gathered. Remember the feeding of 5,000? It says that Jesus took the bread, blessed it and broke it. Certainly that was Jesus' thing. People knew if for that. And SO we also know Jesus by this simple but beautiful act. 


Remember when Jesus announced that someone will betray him? The stiffness among the disciples grew. They started to wonder. They talked among themselves trying to figure out who, but known of them knew, except one. Judas. The one who dipped the bread in the sauce with Jesus. Judas like many others came to see Jesus for who he is after he died. Judas felt so bad for betraying he went and hanged himself. 

On this night, as we share in Washing, the Breaking, The Sharing, May we the faithful come to participate, and understand the true sacrifice Christ gave at this one and last meal. Christ is the role model of all salvation. Let us be like the children amazed at the sacrifice of the Lord. 

Have a Blessed Holy Thursday!

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