LENT, HOLY WEEK, HOLY THURSDAY, APRIL 17

REFLECTION:  Station 14 JESUS IS BURRIED.  Join millions of Catholics across the United States to confront global poverty and contribute to the Church’s work helping people who are buried by hunger and poverty every day.  VISIT http://www.confrontglobalpoverty.org today.

PRAYERS:  A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another:  just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.  John 13:34

Far above are the trees you cause to grow. Farther above are the mountains you carefully crafted.  Even farther yet are the stars you place in the sky.  Yet Christ Jesus, you stooped down on bended knee to wash the feet of your followers.  Though it makes me uncomfortable to think of you doing such a lowly task, I know it was done out of your own free will.  Give me a spirit of readiness to carry the crosses of faith.  O Lord, I want to get my hands dirty.  Amen

‘THIS IS MY BODY’  On the night when He was betrayed He took a loaf of bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said,  “This is my body that is for you.  Do this in remembrance of me.” 1Corinthians 11:23-24

Jesus says give me that little life, and he took it and he blessed it, he broke it and he gave it away, and it multiplied in the giving.  That’s what our life is supposed to be.  To be taken, blessed, broken and given away so that it can multiply.  Your life is called to multiply and be fruitful far beyond your little clock time, your little 50, 60, 70, 880, 90 100 years that you will live.  That’s just so little.  But if you live it as the one who is taken, blessed and broken your little life will be fruitful far beyond the boundaries of your little existence.  That’s true of Jesus’ life and that’s true for everyone who lives in the Spirit of Jesus.

Dearest Jesus, thank you for the gift of your body and blood.

Holy Thursday, Passover, the last meal, Jesus dies tomorrow.  Put yourselves in Mary’s place as she watches her son walk to his death. Can you feel her pain?  I cannot even come close to imagining such a situation.

 

Dearest Jesus, thank you for the gift of your body and blood.

 

 

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