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Serve and be blessed

india Updated: Apr 01, 2010 02:05 IST
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Holy Thursday or Maundy Thursday, as it is commonly called, reminds us of the passion of Jesus Christ, which he underwent before his death, 2010 years ago. As Jewish tradition on the Passover, foreseeing his betrayal by Judas Iscariot, one of his 12 disciples, for 30 pieces of silver followed by crucifixion, during the last supper with his disciples, 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.” And He added, “I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.”

The mysteries that are commemorated in the Mass every day by priests all over the world are the institution of the Eucharist, the institution of the priesthood, and Christ’s command of brotherly love.

Holy week, the most important period in Christianity, which begins on Palm Sunday, when Jesus was given a tumultuous welcome on entering Jerusalem, ends with Easter Sunday. The same people after four days, charge him with blasphemy, and demand his death. He dies on a cross on Friday, to rise again on Sunday on the third day, which is called Easter.

During this week, Christians are especially told to do penance and sacrifices in order to get prepared to welcome the Risen Jesus. The washing of the feet of 12 chosen men represents the service and charity of Christ, who came “not to be served, but to serve.”

To be happy, you have to keep others happy. That is the message of Christ one must follow.