S e n t i r e C u m E c c l e s i a

"To keep ourselves right in all things, we ought to hold fast to this principle: What seems to me to be white, I will believe to be black if the hierarchical Church thus determines it. For we believe that between Christ our Lord, the Bridegroom, and the Church, His Spouse, there is the one same Spirit who governs and guides us for the salvation of our souls..." - Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius [365]

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Maundy Thursday

Today is Maundy Thursday. In this day, the Church celebrates the institution of both the Holy Eucharist and of the Priesthood by Jesus Christ Himself. The Eucharist, in the words of our Holy Founder St. Ignatius, is the "greatest proof of Christ's Love (Sp. Ex. 289)." It is the fulfillment of Jesus' promise in the Gospel that He will be with us till the end of times (Mt. 28: 20). Jesus is indeed present in our very midst through this most Blessed Sacrament.

Likewise, the Priesthood was established by Jesus on this night before he died. He washed his disciples' feet and told them "I have given you an example, that you also should do what I have done." (John 13: 15). In our Liturgy this evening, we will once again recall Jesus' wonderful act of service, the washing of the feet. The priesthood then is an office that of service. It is never of power and dominions. It is never of futile authority. The priesthood is for the people.

Let us pray then for ourselves and for our priests on this solemn day. May we truly be "Eucharist" for others -- taken, blessed, broken, and given for the life of others, and may we imbibe the spirit of the "Priesthood" -- prayer and selfless service to one another. Amen.

Have a grace - filled Maundy Thursday.


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