Jarred Barrios says it best in his Facebook status this morning:
“As you have loved me, I shall love. As you have served me, I shall serve. As you have given your body and blood for me, I shall give all of myself out of love. My basin is ready….”
This day is known as Holy Thursday or Maundy Thursday. It is also known as Covenant Thursday or Thursday of Mysteries.
I’ve heard some people call it the most romantic night of the year. Jesus takes us out for a very special dinner. It’s not only a meal where we gather, but he has gifts for us. Jesus gifts the world with his priesthood, so that we may share in his mission. Jesus gives us the gift of the Eucharist, so that we may never go hungry and be truly satisfied with the gift of Himself.
But it will not end there! He will wash our feet. And by washing our feet he washes all those things that prevent us from fully knowing and loving him. He calls us friends!
He will then invite us to keep vigil with him, to remain with him for the night. To be with him in prayer as he endures his passion.
I pray that we can imitate his great deed that is now upon us. I pray that we can love as he loved and as deeply as he has loved. Indeed, the most romantic night of the year!