Posted by: livingscripture | April 21, 2011

HOLY THURSDAY

From the Word of the Day 

“Whoever has bathed has no need except to have his feet washed, for he is clean all over; so you are clean, but not all.”  For he knew who would betray him; for this reason, he said, “Not all of you are clean.”

                          John 13: 10                                                                  

How should we live this Word 

The evangelist presents the last events of Jesus’ life as a Passover.  The Book of Exodus recounts the story of the holy night when the Jewish people, slaves in Egypt, ate the roasted lamb with unleavened bread and bitter herbs.  They held their walking stick in hand, ready to leave because it was Lord’s Passover.  This Passover prefigured our Passover.  With His passion, death, and resurrection, Jesus makes us pass from sin’s slavery to the freedom of God’s children, from darkness to Light.  It is the supreme act of Jesus’ love toward His disciples and all of humanity.  In fact, Jesus’ mission was precisely to free us from sin.  In washing His apostles’ feet during the Last Supper, Jesus pointed out that ‘not all were clean’.  In order to partake of the life that Jesus promises, we must recognize that we are poor sinners in need of reconciliation.  We need to receive Jesusas the Bread of abundant life.

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will imagine myself present in the Cenacle.  Jesus invites me to purify myself, to reconcile with God and my sisters and brothers, in order to celebrate the Pasch of the Lord, to celebrate the Eucharist that binds me in communion of love with Him and with everyone.                                                                                                      

Lord Jesus, I believe in You and I love You!  Come to live in me and never let me be separated from You!

The voice of Heinrich Schlier, Theologian

Jesus’ cross is the pressing call to be for others and give glory to God in this way.  Through death on the cross, we are freed from ourselves and free for others.  Being loved, we can love.

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