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Holy Thursday 2017

Today’s Mass Readings

Holy Thursday 2017

John 13:1-15

Jesus never does anything by accident.

John tells us that while Jesus was at supper
he knelt down before his disciples
and after he put a towel around himself
he began to wash their feet.

We believe in the Real Presence of Jesus
in his Body and Blood on the altar.

Are we as much aware of his Divine Presence
in those who are hungry, thirsty, sick and in prison?
St. John intentionally connects the Passion of Jesus
celebrated at the Last Supper
(anticipating the crucifixion and resurrection)
with the washing of his disciples feet.

This washing is more than just a model of service.
This is my Body given for you.

This is my Blood poured out for you.

Now you go into the same for each other.

Communion with Jesus
only begins when the Eucharist has ended.
When Jesus washed his disciples feet,
he is saying that, “I am at your service.”

“Do you realize what I have done for you?

I, the master and teacher,
have washed your feet, |
you ought to wash one another’s feet.

I have given you a model to follow,
so that what I have done for you,
you should also do for one another.”

My friends, we will begin to appreciate
our Holy Communion with Jesus
in this Supper when we feed Jesus;

when we visit Jesus in nursing homes
and hospitals and prisons;

when we give him a call
and see how he’s doing;

when we take time every day to listen to Jesus
and our children and our spouses,
our brothers and sisters and show our interest in him
and what is important to him every day.
Our communion with Jesus in the Holy Mass is just the beginning.

It is completed when we walk through the doors of the church
out into the world and encounter Jesus
in so many faces, in every face we meet.
Serve the Lord Jesus well my friends in all whom you meet.


Rick Pilger

Father Pilger, I.C. was born in Canton, Illinois and was ordained at St. John’s Seminary, Wonersh, England in December 1978. He joined the Blessed Sacrament Parish in August 1995, coming here from Sacred Heart Parish in Bradenton Florida.

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