Today is Holy Thursday, a day which commemorates the Lord’s Last Supper with His Apostles. On that day, some 2000 years ago, Jesus instituted the Sacraments of the Eucharist and the Priesthood. Because of His generosity, we are still able to receive and adore Him today. The same Jesus who walked the face of the earth, healing and teaching, can be encountered to this very day. How could we ever fully express our appreciation for His gift?
After the Last Supper, Jesus went to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray. He was in agony, knowing that He would die a painful death the following day. This death was necessary so that unworthy and ungrateful sinners like us could someday go to Heaven. The Lord asked Peter, James and John to accompany Him to the garden. Unfortunately, they couldn’t stay awake and Jesus was basically left alone.
After tonight’s Holy Thursday liturgy, you and I will have the opportunity to adore Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. Make no mistake about it – this is the SAME Jesus who suffered alone in the garden. Do you think you could spare some time to keep Him company tonight? If you need some incentive, think about this – Jesus is God and knows everything. Unlike us, He is not bound by time and space and therefore knows all that will happen in the future. While He was suffering alone in the garden, deserted by the sleeping apostles, He knew that you and I would be spending some time with Him on Holy Thursday of 2010…
Can you spare a few minutes to keep Him company?