Posted by: vftmom247 | 2012/04/05

Holy Thursday Mass

Holy Thursday Mass in Germany was an extraordinary experience.

It started out a little…human.  Chelsea and I were fussing over who got to hold the wonderful multi-lingual Mass booklet.  She didn’t really want to go to Mass, since it began at 8 p.m., I was less than enthusiastic about going too.  So the Mass perked along, a bit more crowded than usual, but all the usual stuff.

Then came the end of Mass.  Which was not as usual.  After the Eucharist (Communion), there was no blessing, no closing rite.  Instead, the church was dismantled of Jesus.  Of all light.

We are used to the open tabernacle on Good Friday.  However, all the candles were taken away – and there are quite a few.  The candelabra, the candlesticks themselves were put away.  The altar linens, the lectern linens…all were gone.

All that was left was a stone table…a open tabernacle…Jesus was visibly not present.  And it made us want to cry.

Since I can only speak for myself – looking at that desolate table, the empty tabernacle that used to contain the Bread of Life, Jesus himself – I just wanted to be able to march right up to God on His throne and apologize profusely and profoundly for mankind making God have to send down His only son just so we’d stop and listen to Him.  After that, I wanted to turn to Mary with the same apologies; with a promise to be with her and God tomorrow as they relived the day their son died for nothing he’d done.

After that would be the person I really wouldn’t be able to look in the eyes – Jesus.  He did nothing to deserve his fate, but went willingly to it all for love of us.

Until Sunday, the light of the world will once again be extinguished all for us.  It is so hard to fathom love that deep, that unselfish, that loving.  And so hard tacknowledge and accept that that is how God and Jesus love us, and that they think we are worthy of that love. But  who is humble man that we should contradict God and think that we are not worthy of unselfish love?  And who is mere mortal man that we should not strive to be like Jesus in that unselfish love, to love that little reflection of Jesus in all our fellow humans?  And who do we think we are that we cannot forgive as Jesus has us?

Amazing what an empty tabernacle can do to you. Even more amazing what that  occupied tabernacle has done for you.



  1. This brought tears to my eyes because it echos my thoughts about the magnitude of the gift, the love, and the pain and sacrifice that Jesus made for us. And the pain of the Father observing His Son. God’s love for us is immense. Praise God that Jesus lives!


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