Journey through Lent 2018 at St. Anthony's
Holy Thursday
March 29, 2018

When I hear the readings from Holy Thursday, I can’t help but feel somewhat anxious. This day is the beginning of the Paschal Triduum. This day marks the institution of the Eucharist at the last supper. This day Jesus is betrayed by Judas and enters into His Passion. Jesus knows His time has come and is preparing us. As Catholics, we memorialize Holy Thursday (Luke 22:19 “This is My body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of Me”) every time we celebrate mass. When I hear those words, I know I am being called to Christ’s table. Jesus calls each and every one of us. Hopefully, I have prepared, and will continue to prepare myself over the remainder of the Lenten season. Through prayer, fasting and alms, we can fully realize the gift Jesus has given us, His very own body and blood. I don’t think the solemnity of this night can be emphasized enough.

Today, we have the benefit of looking back at this period in Christ’s life. It seems I take more from this season every year. Last year, I felt like I had my “best Lent ever." I prayed for my Lenten season to never end. I was “on fire." It is in this spirit, that I renew my request not only for myself, but for you as well. May God Bless you all, Amen.

Bob Belman
St. Anthony Parishioner (and high school religious education catechist, past parish council member, served on parish center capital campaign committee)