Theme: Do this in memory of me

As we prepare ourselves to celebrate the glorious Resurrection of our Lord on Easter; we begin with celebrating Holy Thursday; a feast that commemorates the institution of the Holy Eucharist. In the history of the Catholic Church, this solemnity is associated with the reconciliation of penitents, consecration of the holy oils, washing of the feet, institution of the Blessed Eucharist and Ministerial Priesthood. Holy Thursday is the night on which our Lord Jesus celebrated the Last Supper with His disciples. What went through their mind on that night, we will never know. What is sure is that His hour had come to depart from the world. While Jesus had prepared his disciples for some time even mentioning about betrayed and crucifixion, they perceived little of what he was telling them. Most of them were fishermen with barely any education except about boats and nets. Before the Passover, Jesus washed their feet saying “as I have loved you, you also love one another” John 13: 34. Jesus made sure that love and service were impeccable in their hearts. While they acknowledged Jesus as the Son of God and Messiah, their last actions at the time of arrest revealed contrary. Today our love for one another must rise and shine.

Read more: Homily Holy Thursday Evening Mass

Theme: Theme: Fidelity to victory

When pressed into suggesting a symbol of salvation for humankind through the death and rising of Jesus, would you have put the Cross on the short list? No way. Every year during Holy Week, the Church invites us to reflect on the meaning of the Cross. With each passing year we are invited to master the mystery of the Cross. Found in pre-Christian cultures where it has a cosmic and natural significance, the two crossed lines of unequal length symbolize four dimensions of the universe. For a while the cross has been regarded as a sign of power and regeneration. For us Jesus’ victory on the cross means love, life and salvation.

Read more: Passion (Palm) Sunday Year B

Theme: Remember

Having arrived halfway our Lenten journey we are invited to review what has transpired so as to press onward on what is yet to come. The saying goes “those who do not remember the past are condemned to relive it” George Santayana The Life of Reason, 1905. It is this same understanding that prompted Chronicles to lead their contemporaries through a quick overview of their past performance. At times what we shun is the very message that God sends to console us. Today the word of God reminds us to evaluate all that has been painful and contradictory in our lives.

Read more: Fourth Sunday of lent Year B

Theme: Wounded healers

A missionary was sent to preach the good news where he encountered untold hardships including imprisonment and torture. When he was miraculously released, he asked the civil authorities to allow him resume his work. With indignation, the man in charge denied him request, saying, ‘my people are not foolish enough to listen to anything you say but I fear they may be impressed by your scars and thereby be convinced to turn to your religion! As the days of Lent flow away, we invited to remember the scars of Jesus so that we are convinced.

Read more: Fifth Sunday of lent Year B

Theme: Only you Lord

The word of God today invites us to reflect on the transcendent God who choses to be friendly to humankind. The demands of the law and authentic worship featured in our readings should be understood not as orders but as divine gifts. In both Hebrew/debarim and Greek/decalogue the commandments are not called rules but words which have been offered within the context of an ongoing dialogue known as the covenant. These special words are meant to form the basis of our behavior. At each Eucharist we who ask forgiveness for what we have done and for what we have failed to do would do well to let these words sink into our hearts to shape our conscience.

Read more: Third Sunday of Lent Year B

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