It is 09th April 2020. We celebrate the Holy Thursday. We begin the Sacred Triduum of the Passion and the Resurrection of the Lord in a situation prevailing by covid-19 virus. The readings are from Exodus 12:1-8, 11-14; the second reading is from 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; and the Gospel from John 13:1-15. Three events are unfolding in our readings. A new covenant of love displayed in the washing of feet, breaking of the bread and instituting the Priesthood. Jewish Passover celebrated by Jesus in which He instituted the Sacrament of Eucharist. We are taught in (Lumen Gentium, 11. Presbyterorum Ordinis, 5). “The Eucharistic sacrifice is “the source and summit of the Christian life”. “For the most holy Eucharist contains the Church’s entire spiritual wealth: Christ himself, our Passover and living bread. Through his own flesh, now made living and life-giving by the Holy Spirit, he offers life to men” The first reading narrates the Passover meal through which God liberated God’s people. In the second reading, St. Paul shares his conviction on the institution of the Eucharist during the Last Supper handed over to us the Church to remember as a thanksgiving. The Gospel presents us with the washing of the feet of the Apostles by Jesus inviting us to clean ourselves to continue the mission of Christ here on earth. As we are deprived of Sacramental Communion, we need to strengthen ourselves, “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them” (Mt 18: 20). In his Encyclical Letter, “On The Eucharist In Its Relationship To The Church, (No.34) by St. John Paul II, “in the Eucharist “unlike any other sacrament, the mystery [of communion] is so perfect that it brings us to the heights of every good thing: here is the ultimate goal of every human desire, because here we attain God and God joins himself to us in the most perfect union”. Again, Saint Teresa of Jesus wrote: “When you do not receive communion and you do not attend Mass, you can make a spiritual communion, which is a most beneficial practice; by it the love of God will be greatly impressed on you”. We are dispensed receiving sacramental communion due to this particular situation but not exempted from spiritual community in breaking the Word of God, remembering the poor at our table, and desiring to have the communion in faith. St. Augustine (354-430) confesses: “If you, therefore, are Christ’s body and members, it is your own mystery that is placed on the Lord’s table! It is your own mystery that you are receiving! You are saying ‘Amen’ to what you are: your response is a personal signature, affirming your faith. When you hear ‘The body of Christ’, you reply ‘Amen.’ Be a member of Christ’s body, then, so that your “Amen” may ring true!” (Sermon 272). There is new liberation, the Penance and Reconciliation; a new Pasch, the Eucharist; a New Lamb, the Mystical Body of Christ; a New unleavened bread, Jesus himself. Let us not forget the broken Christ of our community the poor, the elderly, the sick and dying. What sacrifice are we doing individually, as a home and community towards them? What is the act of love are we going to perform in our home to each other following the example of our Lord in the Gospel? May our love for one another seen in a concrete action of charity. May God bless you. Have a good day.

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