Holy Thursday, today, is the day that Christians around the world commemorate The Last Supper (the Seder Passover meal), which Jesus and His apostles shared. During this meal, Jesus instituted the priesthood (represented by His humble anointing and washing of the feet of His disciples). Jesus used bread and wine as symbols of His body and blood, offered in the Holy Eucharist. Later that night, came His agony in the garden and finally, the ultimate betrayal of Our Lord. It is a day observed by millions and has a deep personal meaning for all who share in this celebration.
As Catholics, we celebrate the Mass, because it is the one thing Jesus gave to us to do.
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“This is My Blood you drink. This is My Body you eat. Do this in memory of Me”. Every day, at every hour, the Mass is celebrated somewhere. We can even attend Mass by watching EWTN to experience the personal time we need to share with The Lord. Celebration of the Mass is rewarding and personal. We are glad we have the church that Jesus set up. “Thou art Peter, and upon this rock I shall build My church … and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. Whatever you forgive shall be forgiven, and whatever you bind on earth, shall be bound in heaven”. When we celebrate Mass, we celebrate the hope Jesus left to us to cling to, until His return.
May the blessings we receive during Holy Week, Passover, Good Friday and Easter, help us to live our lives in peace, and to share this peace with everyone we meet.