The following post is my homily from the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday. It will be the one post I put up during the Paschal Triduum. It serves as a good introduction to the whole Triduum and in a way is a reflection on all three days.
For I have given you an example that you also should do as I have done to you.
These words of Our Lord at the Last Supper express the central truth of the sacred mysteries we celebrate during this holiest of times in the liturgical year. Our Lord gives us an example that we are to replicate in ourselves.
He gets down on His hands and knees and He does the dirty work of a slave by washing the feet of His disciples. He does this in the context of the first Mass in which He brings to fulfillment all that the Old Testament sacrifices represent, particularly the Passover sacrifice, which we hear about in the first reading. He is the Lamb that was slain. Yet He lives and He feeds us with His own flesh that death may have no more power over us.
Christ our Passover has been sacrificed (1 Cor. 5:7). This is the Easter mystery, or the paschal mystery, meaning the Passover mystery. And it begins not on Easter Sunday, but today with the Mass of the Lord’s Supper. Continue reading