The season of Lent, or in fact, the entire Christian calendar rests on that feast day. It is a commemoration of the most important act of Christ Jesus’ ministry prior to his death and resurrection
It began with a common ritual of the Jewish Faith, the feast of Passover, celebrating God’s personal hand in saving his people from annihilation. He had them paint their doorposts with the blood of a lamb so that they would survive the condemnation of the ruling class. During that celebration Jesus gave us his greatest commandment, “Love one another as I have loved you” (John 15:12 ).
In like manner, at the Last Supper Jesus gave us his greatest gift, the gift of himself, his body and blood, in the form of bread and wine when he said, “Eat, this is my body …drink you all of it for this is my blood of the new testament, which is given for you for the remission of sins” (Matthew 26:26-28 ).
Maundy Thursday is the day that we commemorate this greatest of gifts which makes us one with Christ. We renew this gift each time we receive the Eucharist (with thanksgiving) in devotion to Christ, our savior and redeemer.