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Holy Thursday


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A Reflection on Holy Thursday by Fr. Joseph Jablonski, MSC

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Holy Thursday

  1. 1. “…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 
  2. 2. It is so easy to ritualize the Lord’s command and stop there with solemn Church ceremonies.
  3. 3. However that isnot what we are called to do.
  4. 4. We wash feet during the Liturgy of the Last Supper
  5. 5. and remember it was the beginning of his passion…
  6. 6. …“as I have done for you, you should also do”
  7. 7. Jesus’ washing of his disciple’s feet was not a simple gesture of affection or of ritual purification to be repeated in ceremony;
  8. 8. it was to ordain his apostles and in a way all of us into a life of loving service to all of humanity
  9. 9. and done in such a way that it becomes contagious.
  10. 10. The words of the Liturgy: “do this in memory of me” are not simply inviting us to ritual celebration either.
  11. 11. “This ismy body…given upfor you…DO this inMemory of me.”
  12. 12. The command is to give our lives in love as we have received.
  13. 13. “This is the chalice of my blood…poured out for you and for many for theFORGIVENESS of sins… DO this in memory of me.”
  14. 14. The command is to forgive as we have been forgiven.
  15. 15. The Liturgy sends us forth to live what we have celebrated.
  16. 16. The processionwith the Blessed Sacramentreminds us that the Lord walks with us andwants us to walk into the world with him.
  17. 17. The altar of repose and adoration invite us into ever deeper union with him so that we may follow him through death
  18. 18. to new life not only inceremony, but in reality.
  19. 19. 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 
  20. 20. Photo Credits• Slide 1: Photo © Ron Hohenhaus via• Slide 2: Photo by Jiri Hoda via• Slide 3: Photo © MShep2 via• Slide 4: Photo from• Slide 5: Photos from• Slide 6: Photo © Dennis Hoyne via• Slide 7: Photo from• Slide 8: Photo © Dean Mitchell, via• Slide 9: Photo © clearstockconcepts, via• Slide 10: Photo by Daniel Wagner, nephew of Br. Joseph Tesar, MSC (taken in Papua New Guinea)• Slides 11-12: Photos from Photos are for illustration only.
  21. 21. Photo Credits• Slide 13: Upper left photo (see slide 8). Other photos are of members of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart (All Rights Reserved): – Upper right: Fr. Richard Kennedy, MSC teaching English to Grade 12 students in Papua New Guinea – Lower left: Frank Natale, MSC and Br. Jim Miller, MSC, help organize books to be donated – Lower right: Fr. Joseph Jablonski, MSC distributes emergency food supplies to families in Colombia affected by the heavy flooding (January 2012)• Slide 14: Photo from• Slide 15: Photo © Lisa Thornberg via• Slide 16: Fr. John Fahnestock, MSC stands with the brand new mobile doctor’s office that he helped build. (All Rights Reserved) Photos are for illustration only.
  22. 22. Photo Credits• Slide 17: Photo from• Slide 18: Photo from• Slide 19: Photo © Joshua Hodge Photography via• Slides 21-23: Background by Petr Kratochvil, via Please note that any photos depicting people are of models, with the exception of three photos on slides 3 and the photo on slide 16, which depict members of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart USA Province.