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Holy Thursday – Mass of the Lord’s Supper – March 28, 2024

Bishop’s Reflections

March 28, 2024

Every day of Lent, Bishop Edward Malesic writes a Scripture reflection for the faithful. Follow the bishop on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Holy Thursday – Mass of the Lord’s Supper – March 28, 2024

Today is Holy Thursday. We celebrate Jesus’ initiation of the sacraments of the Eucharist and the priesthood. Both sacraments are essentially intertwined. A priest is ordained, among other things, to offer the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. And the Eucharist is inconceivable without the priesthood.

We should never take these two great sacraments for granted. We need the Eucharist. We need priests to celebrate the Mass that brings the Eucharist to us. Like all sacraments, they are gifts to us from God.

The Lord reminds us in today’s readings that our sacraments are not only meant to serve us and our needs, but each sacrament gives us the grace to share God’s love with others.

In order to help us understand this, Jesus, at the Last Supper, did not stop after the apostles had their fill of Eucharistic food. He added the washing of the feet to the Passover meal. He showed every person who was at table with him that his love and upcoming sacrifice did not end with the sacrificial meal.

He showed them how to take what he had done for them out into a waiting world.

Every priest knows that he is not ordained to serve himself. He is ordained for others. The same is true for all believers: no one is blessed for himself alone. Every blessing must be shared.

In the Eucharist, we are fed by Jesus so we can go to feed others. In it, we are forgiven to forgive others. At the Mass we are sent to announce the Gospel of the Lord in what we say and what we do – for others.

On the night before Jesus died for us, he took bread, blessed it, broke it, and shared it with us. May we take some of that bread of Christ presence with us wherever we are sent. On the night before he died for us, he took the cup of his blood and announced a new covenant with us. May we take God’s promise of salvation to our families, to our friends, to our co-workers – to the world.

Let’s go and wash some feet, for he has said to us, “As I have done for you, you should also do.”


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