HOMILY FOR HOLY THURSDAY (MASS OF THE LORD’S SUPPER).
THEME: Ubi caritas et amor!
BY: Rev Fr Oselumhense Anetor (Uromi Diocese).
Exod. 12:1-8. 11-14; Psalm 116: 12- 13. 15 & 16bc. 17- 18; 1 Cor. 11:23-26; John 13: 1-15
There is a sense in which all the readings this evening are about love. It was out of love that the angel of death passed over the Israelites in the first reading. The Egyptians were not that lucky. St Paul recalls that Jesus gave himself to his disciples in an unbloody manner, to show exactly the price he was to pay for our sins out of the love he had for us. When we celebrate the Mass, we do not focus on the blood, but on the salvation that that blood wrought for us. Thus, indeed, the blessing cup that we bless is in communion with the blood of Christ.
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Friends, if Jesus himself could take off his garments, to wash the dirty feet of his disciples, why then do we put on airs? We must be ready to humble ourselves and show love to our brothers and sisters. This is what ‘communion’ should bring about. Indeed ubi caritas et amor, Deus tibi est (where charity and love is, God is there). May we not be like Judas who refused to change his mind even after the Lord washed his feet. Is there something blocking our abilities to love and be loved today? Take it to the Lord in prayer. As we all share in the true body and blood of Jesus Christ today, may be remember that we’re called to communion with him and with one another in love. May our adoration this day be truly rewarding for us, Amen.
Good morning dear. Happy celebration of the Mass of the Lord’s Supper.
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