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“…You should also do.” A Reflection on Holy Thursday By. Fr. Joseph Jablonski, MSCThe Missionaries of the Sacred Heart USA Province305 S. Lake Street, PO Box 270 Aurora, IL 60507 (630) 892-2371 firstname.lastname@example.org
It is so easy to ritualize the Lord’s command and stop there with solemn Church ceremonies.
Jesus’ washing of his disciple’s feet was not a simple gesture of affection or of ritual purification to be repeated in ceremony;
it was to ordain his apostles and in a way all of us into a life of loving service to all of humanity
and done in such a way that it becomes contagious.
The words of the Liturgy: “do this in memory of me” are not simply inviting us to ritual celebration either.
“This ismy body…given upfor you…DO this inMemory of me.”
The command is to give our lives in love as we have received.
“This is the chalice of my blood…poured out for you and for many for theFORGIVENESS of sins… DO this in memory of me.”
The command is to forgive as we have been forgiven.
The Liturgy sends us forth to live what we have celebrated.
The processionwith the Blessed Sacramentreminds us that the Lord walks with us andwants us to walk into the world with him.
The altar of repose and adoration invite us into ever deeper union with him so that we may follow him through death
to new life not only inceremony, but in reality.
We hope you enjoyed this reflection.If you would like to read other reflections byFr. Joseph Jablonski, please visit the SundayReflection page on our website, where youcan also sign up to receive Fr. Joseph’s weeklySunday reflection by email.The Missionaries of the Sacred Heart USA Province305 S. Lake Street, PO Box 270 Aurora, IL 60507 (630) 892-2371 email@example.com