Holy Thursday, April 2, 2015



Below, you'll find a reflection for today, Holy Thursday, April 2, by Megan McKenna. The reflection is from The Light of Lent Through the Gospels, Reflections for Lent 2013, published by Pax Christi USA. 


All previous Lenten reflections and other resources can be found at this link, Lent 2015, on the website.  




By Megan McKenna, Ph.D.


Exodus 12:1-8, 11-14 | 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 | John 13:1-15


Every time, then, you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes! (1 Corinthians 11:26)

The readings for this night are so familiar that often we do not catch the pathos, the expressed extremes of love and yearning that Jesus has to be with and remain with his friends-us-and to celebrate what he shares with us-freedom, friendship, and the fullness of forgiveness in life and in death-what we are given in broken bread and a cup of wine shared and taken together. Do we ever "understand what I just did for you? You address me as 'Teacher' and 'Lord,' and fittingly enough, for that is what I am. But if I washed your feet-I who am Teacher and Lord-then you must wash each other's feet" (John 13:12-15). This is the worship that God wants from us, as in Jesus' own life: to serve one another and feed one another, despite betrayal, despite unfaithfulness, and despite our obsession with ourselves.


This is the bright night of freedom and friendship with God that is Jesus' legacy and testament given to us...


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In Christ's peace,


Johnny Zokovitch

Director of Communications, Pax Christi USA

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