Scripture readings for April 17

Holy Thursday – my favorite night of Holy Week. It’s not my favorite night simply because of the music, the solemnity that fills the air or anything else that only touches the surface of what this night symbolizes. What makes this night so special is that we have the opportunity to truly understand what we have been given. We have been given the ultimate gift at the ultimate price. We have been given the body and blood of Jesus Christ.

We have not been handed a wafer and some wine. We have been handed the gift of eternal life. We have been handed the Abba, Father, the Omega. How incredible is that?

april 17 picDo we truly understand the magnitude of this concept? Jesus is entering your body to heal you and cleanse you! There is nothing on earth that is more incredible than that. There is nothing in this life that is more incredible than that.

This is the Mass of the Lord’s Supper — The LORD’S Supper! This is the time that we are able to gaze upon the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ and truly meditate on what he has done for us and the gift that He left us. We are encouraged to gather together to receive the Eucharist and share what we have with our neighbors.

“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.”

Jesus gave thanks. Are we honestly giving an adequate amount of thanks and praise or are we allowing ourselves to look past how immensely inconceivable this gift is? It’s time to take a better look. I truly feel Christ after I have received the Eucharist, but I don’t think I’ll ever be able to fully wrap my mind around what I just had the inexplicable privilege of receiving.

In the Gospel, Jesus proceeds to wash the disciples’ feet. “So that as I have done for you, you should also do.” Jesus is encouraging us to do for others and perform these tasks with great joy. What a beautiful and humbling way to teach His followers how to be more like Him. Today, let’s also thank a priest for choosing to follow God’s will. They have one of the hardest jobs in the world and have been chosen to prepare us for Jesus — no pressure, right?

In addition, as we prepare ourselves for Good Friday, the saddest day of the year, may we offer up thanksgiving for all that Jesus sacrificed for us. May we do our best to lift Him up today and always and show Him what His significant, selfless act has done for us and how much we love and appreciate Him.

Oh, how He loves us.