Holy Thursday, April 13, 2017

Reading 1 Ex 12:1-8, 11-14

The LORD said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt,
“This month shall stand at the head of your calendar;
you shall reckon it the first month of the year.
Tell the whole community of Israel:
On the tenth of this month every one of your families
must procure for itself a lamb, one apiece for each household.
If a family is too small for a whole lamb,
it shall join the nearest household in procuring one
and shall share in the lamb
in proportion to the number of persons who partake of it.
The lamb must be a year-old male and without blemish.
You may take it from either the sheep or the goats.
You shall keep it until the fourteenth day of this month,
and then, with the whole assembly of Israel present,
it shall be slaughtered during the evening twilight.
They shall take some of its blood
and apply it to the two doorposts and the lintel
of every house in which they partake of the lamb.
That same night they shall eat its roasted flesh
with unleavened bread and bitter herbs.

This is how you are to eat it:
with your loins girt, sandals on your feet and your staff in hand,
you shall eat like those who are in flight.
It is the Passover of the LORD.
For on this same night I will go through Egypt,
striking down every firstborn of the land, both man and beast,
and executing judgment on all the gods of Egypt—I, the LORD!
But the blood will mark the houses where you are.
Seeing the blood, I will pass over you;
thus, when I strike the land of Egypt,
no destructive blow will come upon you.

“This day shall be a memorial feast for you,
which all your generations shall celebrate
with pilgrimage to the LORD, as a perpetual institution.”

Isn’t it crazy that they are just talking about an animal here yet Jesus is the Lamb that was slain.  It is so barbaric how He died, and it can be related to the killing of the lamb for Passover.  Jesus was the Scapegoat/the Sacrifice for our sins, and it is His Blood that saves us just like the lamb’s blood saved the Israelites years ago.  It makes me sad that Jesus was slaughtered in such a barbaric way, and it should only be carried out for animals let alone the Savior of the universe.  We are set aside, special, because of Jesus’ Blood, and for this, we should sacrifice everything in our lives to make sure this is remembered and celebrated.

Reading 2 1 Cor 11:23-26

Brothers and sisters:
I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you,
that 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.”
In the same way also the cup, after supper, saying,
“This cup is the new covenant in my blood.
Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.”
For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup,
you proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes.

This reading reminds me of the Consecration at Mass.  It is such a holy moment that I think too often many of us take for granted.  It is the time when the bread and wine become Jesus’ actual Body and Blood.  We are entering the table of the Lord and are commanded to take part in the scene that He instituted the night before He was killed.  We should come to Mass with true joy knowing we are with God through the Eucharist.  The Eucharist is the Medicine and Healer of the world, and I was once told It is like radiation because It saves people from the illness/disease of sin and anything else.  The Mass should be a holy, pure, and inspiring time to rejuvenate and re-energize for the week ahead.  It is also the most important Prayer and closest time with God while still on this earth.  The Eucharist should be a Center in our lives and revered as Jesus would be if He was walking in the streets.

Gospel Jn 13:1-15

Before the feast of Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come
to pass from this world to the Father.
He loved his own in the world and he loved them to the end.
The devil had already induced Judas, son of Simon the Iscariot, to hand him over.
So, during supper,
fully aware that the Father had put everything into his power
and that he had come from God and was returning to God,
he rose from supper and took off his outer garments.
He took a towel and tied it around his waist.
Then he poured water into a basin
and began to wash the disciples’ feet
and dry them with the towel around his waist.
He came to Simon Peter, who said to him,
“Master, are you going to wash my feet?”
Jesus answered and said to him,
“What I am doing, you do not understand now,
but you will understand later.”
Peter said to him, “You will never wash my feet.”
Jesus answered him,
“Unless I wash you, you will have no inheritance with me.”
Simon Peter said to him,
“Master, then not only my feet, but my hands and head as well.”
Jesus said to him,
“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.”

So when he had washed their feet
and put his garments back on and reclined at table again,
he said to them, “Do you realize what I have done for you?
You call me ‘teacher’ and ‘master,’ and rightly so, for indeed I am.
If I, therefore, the master and teacher, have washed your feet,
you ought to wash one another’s feet.
I have given you a model to follow,
so that as I have done for you, you should also do.”

I need to be cleaned and purified by God.  I love the washing of the feet because it is so humbling.  There is so much dirt and garbage in all of our lives that need to be cleaned out, maybe even scrubbed.  There’s that sin we keep committing, the pain from regret, the anger in our hearts…So much that can and will be wiped away by God only if we allow Him.  Much of the reason we continue to sin is due to fear or pride.  The fear comes from the fact that once you are clean, you have to stay clean and that is a lot of work.  Pride gets in the way of everything because we assume we know more than God.  Just like how Peter said he wanted more of him washed, not just his feet.  We think we know what we are doing or have a better plan, but God needs to be trusted with simplicity.

Jesus is the Model to follow.  He is a King yet acts like a Servant.  This is a lesson for us.  We need to serve in order to love like Christ.  We need to give ourselves and listen when He says to do as He does.  We wander all over life and question what we should be doing, but the answer is right in front of us.  It’s so nice that we do not have to figure it out all on our own; Jesus is the Example.  Each day every decision should legit ask WWJD because He is perfect, and that should be the Goal.






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