Thursday, April 05, 2007

Holy Thursday

Matthew 26:26-29 (NIV)

While they were eating, Jesus took bread,
gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying,
"Take and eat; this is my body."
Then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, saying,
"Drink from it, all of you.
This is my blood of the covenant,
which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.
I tell you, I will not drink of this fruit
of the vine from now on until
that day when I drink it anew
with you in my Father's kingdom."

Today was Holy Thursday.
On this day we reflect upon four biblical events:
the washing of the disciples feet by Jesus Christ,
the institution of the Mystery of the Holy Eucharist at the Last Supper,
the agony of Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane,
the betrayal of Christ by Judas Iscariot.

In the Philippines it is time for Vista Iglesia.
The faithful visit 14 different churches as a pilgrimage and pray at seven Stations of the Cross, usually with one station in each church. Some do this entirely during the hours of adoration (usually between 8pm and 12 midnight, after the Mass of the Last Supper). Others will split the practice into 'batches', doing some during the day (7 or so), and the remaining stations during adoration.

Churches turn both into both spiritual sanctuaries and festive temples of faith. Devotees express themselves through various traditions and beliefs sometimes even bordering on the superstitious. But all commune with the rest of Christendom in feeling the anxiety and anticipation of Christ's crucifixion.

May this day put you in touch with your spirituality as we remember the strength and faith with which our Lord Jesus Christ faced and accepted the will of God.