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Holy Thursday - 2 April 2015 - Fr John's Homilies

Holy Thursday - 2 April 2015

Our chosen Mission statement for the Parish of Ladysmith states that;

WE STRIVE TO BE A UNIFIED, LOVING, FAITH-FILLED, VIBRANT COMMUNITY, ROOTED IN GOSPEL VALUES, WHICH SUPPORTS, NUTURES AND BUILDS EACH PERSON TO ENABLE US TO FULFILL OUR MISSION OF SERVING GOD AND HUMANITY"

1. The outward sign of this ‘Community’ is the active participation in the life of the Church in our Sunday Eucharist.


2. In this Eucharist we celebrate the Word of God proclaimed and the Body and Blood of Christ shared.

 

3. This is our Communion and union in and through the community listening to God’s Word and sharing in the one bread and the one cup.

 

4. The Liturgy of this celebration was born at the Last Supper; that first Maundy Thursday. The “mandate” or “command” of this night during the Passover meal; after he had washed everyone’s feet that he told them, he commanded them, “to love one another.”

 

5. Instead of the Bread and Wine of the other Gospels, John relates the washing of the disciple’s feet and the mandate of love.

 

6. The meal Jesus and his disciples ate on the night of the foot washing was a Passover meal and the early church saw Jesus as the Passover lamb whose blood has protected us from the angel of death. This is what we will celebrate at our Seder Meal after this Mass.

 

7. John is writing to a second generation community of Christians who are already deeply familiar with Eucharistic celebration of bread and wine but who need encouragement to participate fully, actively and consciously in the Mission of Christ.

 

8. Through our Baptism in Christ, we also are mandated to love each other as He has loved us. This mandate, this mission begins with forgiveness.

 

9. Forgiveness is not simply received, but must be both received and given.

 

10. Forgiveness received but not given is just like love which is received but not given; it leads us only back to the self and the illusion that righteousness is something I deserve, something I have earned.

 

11. Our value comes from God who gives us our intrinsic transcendent value; and it is only God who can redeem that value. On this night let us turn our God back to our redeemer who can make all things new.