“Today is Holy Thursday, our feast day.”

A meditation by Chiara Lubich for Holy Week

Today is Holy Thursday, our feast day. Like today, many years ago, Jesus gave his disciples the new commandment, the commandment which is the fundamental law and the basis of every other rule for each of us. Like today, Jesus prayed for unity: ‘May they all be one’. Like today, he instituted the Eucharist which makes him present among us and in fact brings about our unity with Him and with one another. And like today, he instituted the priesthood that makes the Eucharist possible. All of this in one day.

What more do we want? It’s our feast day and we have often lived this day with great emotion in our heart, an emotion we don’t experience at any other time of year. Now is the time to say thank you to Jesus, a huge thank you that wells up from the depths of our hearts and reaches up to heaven.

What would our life be like without the new commandment, without the Eucharist, without the ideal of unity?

Chiara Lubich

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