–the Liturgy of Holy Thursday places the word “today” into the text of the prayer, thereby emphasizing the particular dignity of this day. It was “today” that He did this: he gave himself to us for ever in the Sacrament of his Body and Blood. This “today” is first and foremost the memorial of that first Paschal event.
Yet it is something more. With the Canon, we enter into this “today”.
Our today comes into contact with his today. He does this now. With the word “today”,
the Church’s Liturgy wants us to give great inner attention to the mystery of this day,
to the words in which it is expressed. We therefore seek to listen in a new way to the institution narrative,
in the form in which the Church has formulated it, on the basis of Scripture and in contemplation of the Lord himself. . ...
that is, he gives himself in the totality of his person. But can he do so?
He is still physically present in their midst, he is standing in front of them!
The answer is: at that hour, Jesus fulfills what he had previously proclaimed in the Good Shepherd discourse: “
No one takes my life from me: I lay it down of my own accord.
I have power to lay it down and I have power to take it again …” (Jn 10:18).
No one can take his life from him: he lays it down by his own free decision.
At that hour, he anticipates the crucifixion and resurrection. What is later to be fulfilled, as it were,
physically in him, he already accomplishes in anticipation, in the freedom of his love.
He gives his life and he takes it again in the resurrection, so as to be able to share it for ever.
Lord, today you give us your life, you give us yourself. Enter deeply within us with your love.
Make us live in your “today”. Make us instruments of your peace!
The Cross of Christ, the “word of the Cross”, manifests God’s saving power
(cf. 1Cor 1: 18), that is given to raise men and women anew and bring them
salvation: it is love in its most extreme form
Let us receive the sublime treasure of the revealed word.