The Mass of the Lord’s Supper today, Holy Thursday, is a memorial of the Eucharist and of the related institution of the ministerial Priesthood, as well as the promulgation of the commandment of love. On such a day our communities are called to live, with particular intensity, this celebration, for it is an expression of our spirituality which in the institution of the Eucharist, the ministerial priesthood and the love which becomes service, finds itself the constitutive elements of our charism.
The Eucharist and the priesthood, born from the adorable Heart of Jesus, were meant to nourish with the bread of eternal life, the weary and scattered crowd for whom Christ gives his life and for whom he asks us to pray. (United in prayer p.203)
Commemorating the Last Supper, we remember some of Jesus’ magical words He told to the Apostles:
Then he took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” (Lk 22:19)
Do this in memory of Me are the words of Jesus that we, until now, hear from the Priest in the celebration of the Eucharist. We are celebrating the mystical banquet of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Holy Thursday. It is the institution of the Holy Eucharist by Jesus Himself with the twelve apostles.
Every time we celebrate the Lord’s banquet, it is a celebration that everybody is invited to, regardless of race, culture, colour, status, age, and gender. This is the only celebration that shows without discrimination and it the Lord Jesus as the Host. What an honor and privilege to be with Him in the banquet, we must be eager to participate in His banquet. If we become particularly aware, we will realise that every time we have the Holy Mass, it is a special and big celebration of the Church, the people of God, commemorated and celebrated by the pastors or priests. It is in this celebration that the presence of God, in His Words, the signs of the bread and wine become His Body and Blood in the consecration, in the people and in, most especially, the priests.
Attending Mass is not only a memorial but it is where we experience His true presence, His grace and His blessings. It is Jesus who is present. If we have faith that Jesus is there, and with us, what a joyful encounter with Him. Our hearts will always be eager, looking forward every time we celebrate the Holy Eucharist. He is the bread broken that is shared with us. As we take and eat in the communion, He is already in us – in every single cell. Jesus is part of us. We share His divinity and become the other Christ.
Never miss a holy meal with Jesus. He is there waiting for us with love to dine with us.