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Holy Thursday: Living in Love

Holy Thursday: Living in Love

This Eucharistic Meditation is designed to help you spend thirty minutes to an hour in meditation and silent prayer with Jesus during Eucharistic adoration. Even if you cannot be physically present in a church or adoration chapel with the Blessed Sacrament, you can unite yourself spiritually to the Eucharist as you spend this time in prayer.

THE GRACE I SEEK: to know and live in the love Jesus has for me


Pause for a few moments, and allow yourself to become aware of Jesus’ gift of himself in the Eucharist. Realize that at this very moment, the Lord of Life is gazing upon you with great love. Allow yourself to receive his loving gaze. You are his beloved child . . . rest in his loving gaze.

Thank Jesus for the gift of himself in the Eucharist.

ASK FOR THE GRACE: Jesus, help me to know and believe in the love you have for me.


Read slowly, 3–4 times. Allow the words of Scripture to wash over your mind and heart. Allow the Holy Spirit to speak to you through this passage.

“Brothers and sisters: I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus, on the night he was handed over, took bread, and, after he had given thanks, broke it and said, ‘This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.’” (1 Corinthians 11:23–24)


Allow yourself to sit with these questions for a while, being attentive to how the Lord is speaking in your heart.

We are told in today’s readings that, in the Eucharist we receive at Mass, Christ offers himself fully—Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity—to us, not only collectively but individually as well. Where in your life right now do you need Jesus’ grace the most? Ask him to come into that place specifically as you receive the Eucharist.


Read slowly, 3–4 times. Again, allow the words of Scripture to wash over your mind and heart. Let the Holy Spirit speak to you through this passage.

“Before the feast of Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to pass from this world to the Father. He loved his own in the world and he loved them to the end.” (John 13:1)


Jesus offers us himself fully—Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity—in the Eucharist out of pure love. Identify one or two areas of your life that you think are in most need of his love. Ask the Lord how he wants to love you there, trusting in his promise that he loves us to the end.

Remain in silence with the Lord. Allow him to speak in the silence, in your heart. Receive his presence. If it helps, write down what you sense the Lord communicating to you during this time of prayer.


O God, who have called us to participate in this most sacred Supper, in which your Only Begotten Son, when about to hand himself over to death, entrusted to the Church a sacrifice new for all eternity, the banquet of his love, grant, we pray, that we may draw from so great a mystery, the fullness of charity and of life. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen. (Collect, Thursday of the Lord’s Supper)


At every Mass, Jesus offers himself to the Father for us. We can always join our own offerings with Jesus at Mass. Next time you are at Mass, offer your desire to receive the Lord’s love and presence into the places of your heart that need him the most.


The Lord has come to us in the Eucharist, and he, in his Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity, dwells in every tabernacle and monstrance throughout the world. Make it a goal throughout the Easter season to add a few extra minutes of either Eucharistic adoration or prayer in front of a tabernacle each week, trusting that the Lord is longing to pour his loving presence more fully into your heart.

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