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How Do I Get Into THAT Group?

“He loved his own in the world and he loved them to the end.”  This verse appears at the beginning of John 13, and we heard it recently at Holy Thursday Mass.    For some reason, this line jumped off the page at me during Holy Week, even more than the image of Jesus’ self-awareness about his power before stooping to wash feet. There is an incredible intimacy about this line – Jesus loved his own until the end.  The Greek word here is just as strong, idios, which literally means pertaining to one’s self, or …

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I Hate My Feet

I hate my feet. They are probably the most unattractive part of my body. My toes are all misshapen—some from being broken, some from too-tight shoes. And they’re big. I mean BIG. Gunboats.  There’s something about my feet that just makes me cringe. I don’t like to show them off (unless they’re in a particularly cute pair of shoes). No matter how much money I spend on pedicures, I will never have dainty little glass slipper-worthy feet. So you can imagine how much courage it takes for me to go to Mass on Holy Thursday. …

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Holy Thursday: The Mass of the Lord’s Supper

The liturgy of Holy Thursday is called the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, a commemoration of Jesus’ last supper before his arrest and crucifixion. As part of their Jewish heritage, Jesus and his Apostles gathered to celebrate Passover—an annual remembrance of how God saved the Israelites from slavery in Egypt centuries before. Passover, as it was celebrated in Jesus’ time and still is today, occurs around a meal. Food is a predominant feature in this celebration, especially unleavened bread and wine. It was at this Passover meal that Jesus changed the prescribed rite by taking …

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The Greatest Week of the Year

For me, Holy Week has been for many years the most powerful liturgical experience of all. Part of this feeling comes from working with the RCIA for so long and part of it comes from the beauty of the liturgies themselves. They have so many deep and meaningful symbols that speak to what Christianity is all about. There are processions, incense, candles, darkness, foot washing, oil, water, and so much more. There are scripture readings about the entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem, the Passion narratives, the profound reading from Philippians about Jesus life and death, …

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