Holy Thursday is about Eucharist. It was at His last Passover that Jesus shared the Eucharist with his disciples. It was where He “took the bread, blessed, and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, ‘Take, eat; this is my body.'” He gave us of Himself and provided a way for each of us to become a part of Him by partaking of His body. It is through us partaking of His body that we are united as one, one with Him and one with each other. We will never be alone again. He provided both for our spiritual and emotional needs.
It was also during this meal that “He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel with which he was girded.” He called us to an availability of service to one another, to care for one another’s physical needs.
Take time this Holy Thursday to reflect on these questions.
- How does the Eucharist provide for my spiritual, emotional, and physical needs?
- How does the Eucharist make me responsible for providing for others’ spiritual, emotional, and physical needs?
- When I encounter modern day crucifixions, am I as horrified as I am when I see a crucifix or have I become callous?
- What are some steps I can take to be more aware of the suffering of my brothers and sisters who are victims of modern day crucifixions?
- Are there times in my life that have left me in this state of numbness?
- Can I appreciate the “Holy Saturday experience” without having actually experienced this phenomenon in my own life?
- What is my experience of Holy Saturday?