Posted by: livingscripture | April 1, 2010

HOLY THURSDAY

From the Word of the Day

 The Lord Jesus, on the night he was handed over, took bread, and, after he had given thanks, broke it and said, “This is my body that is for you.  Do this in remembrance of me.”

                                             1 Corinthians 11: 23

 How should we live this Word

 Paul here recalls the Lord’s words, when He instituted the Eucharist at the Last Supper.  With these words, he invited the Christians of Corinth to enter fully into this event of enormous import for the faith.  Today he invites us as well.

 The bread broken, the chalice full of wine are not merely symbols when they are consecrated during the Mass.  They are really the Body and Blood of Christ.  The Covenant of the golden thread woven by God in the history of love for His people, here becomes ‘the new and eternal Covenant’.  It is a pact of love not written on stone but sealed in the very blood of Jesus who loved His own to the end.  He loved them to the point of no return.  In today’s Gospel, this love becomes humble and generous service as in the washing of the feet.

 Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will ask the Lord to open my heart to receive this Mystery of Love.  I will experience in my heart’s depths, the night in which Jesus lived the drama of betrayal and His trustful abandonment to the Father for love of humanity.  I will remain with Him in the cenacle and in the Garden of Olives.  I will love Him!

 Lord Jesus, grant that this day may be a memorial for me.  Grant that I may participate with You in the redemption of the world.  So that this memorial may continue in history, grant us holy priests to give us You, Your Body and Your Blood.

 The voice of Tonino Bello, Bishop

 Perhaps it is the case to complete the wardrobe of our sacristies by adding an apron amid the vestments of silk and the chasubles adorned with gold thread, among the brocade veils and the stoles woven with silver thread.

However, the most important thing is not introducing aprons in the closets of the sacred vestments, but understanding that the stole and the apron are almost the two sides of one priestly symbol.  Even better, they are like the length and width of one serving cloth, of the service rendered to God and that offered to our neighbour.  The stole without the apron would simply remain calligraphic.  The apron without the stole would be fatally sterile.

 


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