The Last Supper
Today is the last day that Jesus will walk among us before He enters into His passion. Tonight Jesus will offer up His body and blood for us as a sign of the new covenant. We will then eat and drink and receive him into us. Ordinary bread and wine will have the same characteristics, but it will not be what it seems! What an incredible mystery that Christ leaves for us.
Lent is over. Now, that doesn’t mean its time to break out the chocolate and everything else that we’ve given up for Lent. We are in the Triduum. It is sort of like its own season, but not quite. The Triduum in case you didn’t know consists of Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday. Easter is part of….wait for it….the Easter season.
Before Jesus and the disciples celebrated the Passover meal, Jesus was humble and washed the feet of the disciples. It is easy to overlook this, but this is a huge example of how we as followers of Christ, who are called to imitate Him, must serve those around us. The Son of God, who has all the glory in the world, submits to those around Him, and serves them! How often do we see great leaders spend the time to help the little guy? When was the last time the President of the United States took time to help the people that he serves? We are all called to serve those around us, both when asked, and when the opportunity presents itself.
We are called to offer ourselves to another in sacrifice. We are no better than anyone else. Its really easy to forget this and think of ourselves as better. Society pushes this on us constantly. You have to be the BEST in order to achieve whatever it is that you are going to accomplish. This mentality is pushed on us on a regular basis. How often are we pushed to look down on those around us who don’t match up to us? The world judges. Christians do not. Christians who do, are asking for judgment and condemnation upon themselves. Judge not, lest you be judged, condemn not, lest you be condemned, forgive and you will be forgiven. (Luke 6:37). Christ’s words, not mine.
After Mass tonight, we will then enter into the Passion of Our Lord. This will lead us right into Good Friday. As a reminder, Good Friday is a day of fast and abstinence. Two small meals and one almost normal meal. No meat. I will discuss this again tomorrow as a reminder. Day’s of fast are mandatory unless there is a serious reason why you can not fast.
May God bless you and your Triduum, the Holiest 3 days of the year.