Holy Thursday and The Last Supper

Holy Thursday and The Last Supper.

In spending time in reflection of Holy Thursday the subject came up at work and it was beneficial to think back over the events that occur during this holy sacrifice and all its meanings.

Lets review what happens on Holy Thursday.

John 13:1 sets the beginning of the scene. The disciples are gathered for the Passover feast.

Once the disciples are all together He stops and gets water and begins to wash the feet of the disciples.

There was great symbolism here. This is what we would call today a “teachable moment”.

The Lord already knew by this point that the time of the Passion was upon Him. He did not have much time, and he wanted to try and drive home His message, and lessons before He left them.

The Lord washed the feet of the disciples … why ? There are two reasons. In the time of the Lord, the roads were primitive, dirt, dustly and daily travel meant that you were pretty much going to have a load of dirt on your feet by the time you were done. The disciples were travelers whos feet would have been particularly dirty from their travels.

At the time, it would have been a point of hospitality that was extended to guests and visitors to have the servant , or the lowest of the servants if there were more than one, to come and wash the feet of the visitors so that they were comfortable and clean and were able to relax and enjoy the visit.

So the first thing that comes along is that the Lord, who was God, who is the leader, the Master makes of himself the servant. This is to drive home to them, the idea that he came to show them how to be servants to one another and to all. Jesus understand that they don’t quite get it yet. But that they will eventually when the time is right.

In the process of the washing of the feet, there is another item that is not quite evident in a cursory reading. Jesus washes all the disciples feet, but who was the last disciple ? (Simon) Peter. So, Jesus washes Peters feet last in a foreshadowing that Peter would be first among the apostles. The first pope.

Peter objects at first, saying what the others were probably thinking but would not say. The Lord, tells him “ Unless I wash you, you will have no inheritance with me.”. This brings into the picture the symbolism of the sacrament of Baptism. Unless you are washed clean, through the sacrament of Baptism, the cleansing waters, at baptism , sin is removed, the soul is cleansed.

Peter wants to be washed all over because he wants to be totally immersed in the saving waters. Jesus tells him he is already clean, “but not all”were clean. This because the Lord already knew that Satan had entered Judas, and that he would be betrayed.

After this came the great gift of the Eucharist. In the time before what he knew was to come, Jesus wanted to insure that we knew that he was always going to be present even if it was not in the form of man. The Lord said to the disciples in Luke 22:19 “ This is my body” and taking the cups said “ This is my blood”. Here creating sealing for us His presence in the world for all time until the end of days.

So that even unto this very day, the Lord is present in every tabernacle of every church. In the celebration of the Holy Mass, Jesus is truly present.

In every celebration of every Mass, we re-enter the Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday Passion, death and resurrection of our Lord.

We like the disciples, enter into the house of the Lord. The upper room. We wash in the font of holy water. We enter into the celebration and repent of our sins. We offer up our prayers and gifts. We celebrate with our brothers and sisters. We then enter into mystery of the Eucharist and offer the sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving, and finally we receive the body and blood of Christ.

The sacrifice does not end here, it renews and invigorates us renewed in spirit we become what we receive. We take the Lord out of the church to share Him with the world until we return again to celebrate again with God and our brothers and sisters. To serve, and to love.each other and our brothers and sisters.

May God give you the gift of His peace !

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2 Responses to “Holy Thursday and The Last Supper”

  1. JANE DOE Says:

    deuteronomy 6:4
    isaiah 43:10-11
    isaiah 45:18
    matthew 5:17-20
    matthew 7:21-23
    matthew 19:16-17
    mark 12:29-30
    john 20:17

    • brbearsfo Says:

      Hi Jane, Thank you for reading the blog. This being your second reply, I wanted to send a quick note to ask if your going to reply to do a couple of things.. First, please instead of leaving scriptural notes, I , and probably others would much prefer some sort of commentary note or throught or feeling. I look forward to hearing more from you ! May God give you His peace.. “)

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