By Fr. Joe Christy Yesudass, MSC
Maundy Thursday – our Church invites us to the threefold celebration: 1) Jesus instituted the Eucharist. 2) Celebration of the Priesthood. 3) Washing of feet: Call to serve others.
1. Eucharist: St. Ignatius of Antioch, was a bishop of Antioch. He was martyred in c. 110 at Rome. Ignatius was condemned to be executed for his beliefs. He was escorted from Antioch to Rome by Roman soldiers. He said “I am the wheat of Christ: If I be ground in the mill of life, may I be found pure bread.” The Vatican II document says, “Eucharist is the center of our Christian life. The Eucharist as the Source and summit of the life and mission of the church.” Teilhard de Chardin wrote, “Beneath the stillness of that piece of bread, there lies a devouring power which, in words cannot explain — more than I consume it, it consumes me.”
2. Institution of the Priesthood: Psalm 113:3 “From the rising of the sun to its setting the name of the LORD is to be praised.” Eucharistic prayer III goes like this, “…You never cease to gather a people to yourself, so that, from the rising of the sun to its setting, a pure sacrifice may be offered to your name.”
3. Washing of feet: Call for Service: Matthew 20:28 “Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many….” We remember with gratitude all those people who are in service to our society during this unprecedented time.
May God bless us all, keep us safe from all harm and protect us.