So much happens today – the beginning of the Sacred Triduum, the commemoration of the Last Supper, the Footwashing, the Betrayal of Jesus in the Garden of Olives, and the beginning of the Passion itself.

St John Henry Newman wrote of the preparations for the Last Supper: ‘There is something very observable and very touching in the earnestness displayed in these words of our Lord, and in the acts which preceded them. He had showed beforehand that great desire, of which He here speaks. That He had thought much of His last Passover which He was to eat with His disciples, is plain from the solemnity with which He marked out the place to them, and the display of supernatural knowledge with which He accompanied His directions. “He sendeth forth two of His disciples, Peter and John, and saith unto them, Go ye into the city, and there shall meet you a man bearing a pitcher of water: follow him. And wheresoever he shall go in, say ye to the good man of the house, “The Master saith, my time is at hand; My time is at hand, I will keep the Passover at thy house with My disciples”. And he shall show you a large upper room furnished; there make ready.” And then, “when the hour was come, He sat down, and the twelve Apostles with Him. And He said unto them, “With desire I have desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. For I say unto you, I will not any more eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God.”’

Let us draw close, to be like John, resting upon the breast of his beloved Master; and may we remain there, steadfast until the end. May God bless you.