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Lenten reflection, Maundy Thursday

Scripture readings: Exodus 12:1-8, 11-14; Psalm 116; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; John 13:1-15

the Last SupperToward the end of the musical Les Misérables, the young Marius sings: “There’s a grief that can’t be spoken; there’s a pain goes on and on; empty chairs at empty tables; now my friends are dead and gone. Here they talked of revolution; here it was they lit the flame; here they sang about tomorrow; and tomorrow never came.”

At the end of our Holy Thursday celebration there will also be an empty table, a table where we were just fed and nourished. A table where the friends of the Lord heard talk of a revolution, not of overthrowing an establishment but of a revolutionary way of living. Living the way of love and service. The flame of the love of our God has been lit, but tomorrow will seem like a dark day.

These next days of betrayal and death will bring a time of grief and pain, but we leave the table of the Lord tonight as a people of hope. The day will soon dawn when all are invited to sit at the table of the Lord, where we can live the revolution of love.

Rev. Paul Borowski, C.Ss.R.
Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Download our 2014 Lenten reflections booklet here