Each time I read the various statistics stating how few of Catholics attend Mass on a regular basis I feel a deep sense of sadness. How can we turn our back on the beautiful gift of the Eucharist? In what ways have we in church leadership failed to provide solid catechesis and understanding of what takes place at each and every Mass? If people more fully understood the sacrifice of Calvary made present to us in the liturgy they would come, wouldn't they?
My dear people, I want to encourage you to utilize this night to renew your faith in the Eucharist. We encounter Jesus Christ--body, blood, soul, and divinity--in the Eucharist. Any time you start to doubt or waver in your faith regarding the Eucharist, please read chapter six of John's Gospel. Look closely at the love of God in the person of Jesus Christ. Let that love permeate every fiber of your being.
May the celebration of Holy Thursday fill you with an abundance of love, joy, hope, and peace!