Today’s Reflection, 4/9/2020

TODAY’s REFLECTION HOLY THURSDAY APRIL 9  
(Exodus 12:1-8, 11-14, 1Corinthians 11: 23-36, John 13: 1-15)

Dear friends, 

Today we begin the Triduum, seventy hours of prayer, followed by the
Easter season, fifty days of celebrating the risen Christ.  It is one of the
most important times in our lives.

In the readings of the Lord’s Supper, we see many examples of how to
live our lives, including Jesus doing something extraordinary to set an
example for all of us.

 As Jesus’ hour of humiliation draws near He reveals to His disciples the
supreme humility which shaped the love He had for them. He stoops to
perform a task reserved because Jesus knew He would be betrayed by
one of them and that the rest would abandon Him through disloyalty.

In the reading from Exodus, the Lord tells Moses and Aaron how to
celebrate the Passover, giving them instructions about preparing the
lamb for dinner and in the gospel according to St John Jesus offered a
new set of instructions to His disciples as they gathered for their
Passover dinner.  He got up from the table, removed His cloak and knelt
down to wash the feet of each of them, giving an example for us on how
we are to live our lives, as servants.  As I have done for you, you should
also do.

Jesus loved His disciples to the very end, even when they failed Him and
forsook Him.  The Lord loves each of us unconditionally. His love has
power to set us free to serve others with Christ-like compassion and
humility. 

Today’s reflection also echoes the institution of the Holy Supper and the
institution of the priesthood of all believers.

The Lord Jesus on the night in which He was betrayed took bread, and
after He had given thanks, broke it and said, This is My body, which is
for you. Do this in remembrance of Me. 1 Cor 11:23-24. In the Lord’s
Supper is contained the whole spiritual good of the Church namely
Christ Himself. 

Today, as we remember the institution of the Priesthood. It is a blessed time to pray for the Church Universal, the human family and all creation in the Name of Jesus.

Make it a meaningful Easter!

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