It is 13th April 2017. We begin the most important triune days of our salvation. Maundy Thursday means commandment day. Jesus offers us a New Commandment, New Sacrifice and New Service of Love. We celebrate the Mass of the Lord’s Supper. The entrance antiphon sings, “We should glory in the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, in whom is our salvation, life, and resurrection, through whom we are saved and delivered. (Gal.6:14). Let us all strive forward to keep these three sacred days reserved for deep reflections and accompaniment in the pain, suffering, death and resurrection of our most Beloved Lord Jesus. It is on this day, Christ celebrated the Passover that is so anew and He offered a New Covenant of sacrifice for our salvation through service and love. Let us all remember our own Bishops and the priests who serves us and leads us closer to God and His only beloved Son Jesus. The readings are from Exodus 12:1-8, 11-14; the second reading is from 1Corinthians 11:23-26; and the Gospel from John 13:1-15. The first reading explains the New Sacrifice of the Lamb, Jesus himself. The Lord’s Supper brings us so close to the Heart of God as we remember the first Passover in which the Israelites moved away from slavery and moved into the freedom and security God offered. As the blood of the lamb protected them from all harm, so the Blood of Christ offers us the desired salvation to the entire world. The second reading is the most important text and testimony of St. Paul, on the Remembrance of Holy Eucharist in the early Christian Community. “This is the Body that will be given up for you; this is the Chalice of the new covenant in my Blood, says the Lord, do this, whenever you receive it, in memory of me.” (1 Cor.11:24-25). The responsorial Psalm praises, “Our blessing-cup is a communion with the Blood of Christ.” (1 Cor.10:16). The gospel illustrates the New commandment of love and service. “If I, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet, how much more should you wash each other’s feet?” (Jn.13:14). Will we allow our Lord to wash our feet? This symbolic gesture cleanses us and makes us worthy in humility to serve all people holding the feet that accumulated the dust by time, carried the pain and suffering for oneself and the other. God wishes to wash the feet of humanity is the most powerful expression of love and humility. May we enter and experience Christ in His love, sacrifice and service. May God bless you all.

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