Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Reflections on Holy Thursday

Maundy Thursday or Holy Thursday is a night replete with solemnity and charged with mystery. On this wonderous night our Lord, aware of His Imminent death but desiring to remain with us, instituted the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist, a memorial of unending love for us which embodies His mandate: that we love one another as He has loved us. What gift can be greater than this sacrament which gave us the Body and Blood of our Lord and Savior as our sustenance in our journey through life. When our little crosses in life weigh down on our frail shoulders, we turn to our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament for solace and consolation. Replenished by His divine presence in the Holy Eucharist, we struggle on through our life journey.

That same holy night, He also instituted the Sacrament of Holy Orders which multiplies Christ in the person of His consecrated priests, His holy men who have been privileged to answer His call. The sublime dignity of the mass is entrusted to them. They are the caretakers of our spiritual uplift. As recipients of all these wonderful gifts bequeathed to us by our Lord on this wondrous night, it behooves us to make ourselves worthy of all these privileges and vocations.

Holy Thursday, the most holy night, the night we are made heirs to such heavenly treasures of love left to us by our Divine Lord before He embraced His death on the cross.

What greater love; what more priceless treasures. To you my Lord and God I give you the rest of my life as an offering of my everyday love and thanksgiving for the holiest of nights, the Eve before Calvary.

Carmen L. Nibungco

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