It is 29th March 2018. We celebrate Maundy Thursday today. It is the day the Lord challenged us to follow Him in His suffering, pain and glorification. It is the day we commemorate the Institution of the Most Holy Eucharist, the Priesthood and the New Commandment of love. The actual presence of Jesus in the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist and in the priests need to be acknowledged, revered and respected in our humble service to all humanity. We, the Church begin the Sacred Paschal Triduum. Triduum means three days. So today (Holy Thursday), tomorrow (Good Friday) and the day after (the Easter Vigil), we recall, remember and celebrate the events of our salvation in Jesus who was crucified, died, was buried and is risen. 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. In the first reading, the Book of Exodus instructs the people of Israel how to celebrate the Passover meal and how the blood of the lamb is going to free them from the slavery they were in. In the second reading, St. Paul urges the followers to keep faithful to the Eucharist that is the Most Precious Body and Blood to commemorate daily. We celebrate the First Eucharistic Meal with the Lord as we recall the first Passover as they left slavery in Egypt and reminding us that the precious blood of Jesus cleanses from all sins and makes us worthy partakers of the blessings of the Lord as long as the Eucharist, the Real Presence of Jesus becomes the centre of our existence. The Church breathes and exists by the nourishment of the Sacrament of the Eucharist. It is our obligation to pray for all the priests whomsoever we know and support them not only materially more specially with the power of intercessions and guide them. Let us stop abusing priests in whatsoever manner and let us promise to Jesus that even if we have nothing good to speak about any priest, let us not crucify and murder them when they have succumbed to human weakness. Do not forget to send a greeting to your priest at your parish that you belong. Do not forget to pray for the Bishop of your diocese, in whom the fullness of the priesthood rests and he is the loving and caring shepherd of Christ Jesus. In the Gospel, St. John presents us the scene in the Last Supper in the upper room and his New Commandment of love. The washing of feet is the expression of act of a servant and slave yet Jesus took this act as expression of charity humbling himself; God washes the feet of the people; the creator cleanses the dirt of the creation; the Saviour cleanses us with the Sacrament of Reconciliation. The liturgy today in the church ends with no blessing, the Blessed Sacrament is removed from the Tabernacle to the Altar of Repose and the crucifix is covered and the altar stripped to remind us that the Lord has been taken from us. May we spend a quality one hour with the Lord without giving the evil a chance to invade us. May you be blessed today and kindly remember me in your prayer for me an unworthy and sinful priest.

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