Holy Thursday

Ex. 12:1-8, 11-14; Ps. 116: 12-13, 15-16BC, 17-18; 1 Cor. 11:23-26; Jn 13:1-15

The lenten journey is at an end. The holiest days of our Church are upon us.

Our readings summarize the gist of Jesus’ message. 

Love one another as I have loved you.

The story raises questions.

It was ot  inauguration ball that last evening. It was more like a business dinner wrapping things up - an opportunity to take stock and perhaps retrench. The apostles and Jesus would celebrate the Passover and its sanctity. The seder dinner was simple. Their preparation for this last supper makes me reflect:

How have I prepared for these holy days?

Maybe, the group initially mulled over past good times and missed what the Lord was really saying. But, as the evening unfolded, an urgency seems to have come over them and they pay attention as Jesus starts washing feet. Jesus explains that he, as master and teacher, is setting the example. I ask:

How do I serve?

Peter was offended that anyone would participate in denials. That would never happen under any circumstance except it did happen under pressure and fear of retaliation.

As Jesus’ political foes were closing in on Him, Judas was bought already. I ask:

What’s my price to compromise truth or fairness or just be mean?

A higher compensation. gaining an advantage by putting down a colleague, satisfaction realized in gossiping?

We, as Jesus’ followers, have spent the past 40 days taking stock. Now I ask:

Has this journey brought me closer to my God?

Do I pray, like Jesus, to learn the Father’s will for me?

Helen Horstmann
Member, Villanova Board of Trustees