itself may remind us of the glory days of life; the days when we are celebrated
and affirmed, when we are recognised and accepted by those who are near and
dear to us.
Monday and Tuesday can remind us of the ordinariness of much of life; the
regular days when life goes on, chore by chore, unaware of and despite the
reminds us of the times when we have felt betrayed or let down by family,
friends or colleagues or perhaps our own failings in this respect. It is
a day for reminding ourselves of the bitter reality of human nature and how
close betrayal is to the heart of any relationship or how central sin is
to human nature.
Holy Thursday reminds
us of the togetherness that we enjoy in life. The Eucharist that Christ shared
with his disciples represents the friendship and company that he shared with
them and the communion that he wished to share with them and with all of
us into the future. The ordinary times when we are with friends and family
are often the happiest and most contented days of our lives.
represents all that is dark and evil in life. We remember the abandonment
of Christ by his friends and disciples; the formal act of betrayal by Judas;
the unjust condemnation; the mental anguish of Gethsemane; the horror and
brutality of crucifixion; the feeling of abandonment even by God the Father
and the reality of death.
represents the emptiness of life on occasions, the feelings of futility;
the bitter aftertaste of apparent failure, the many bereavements that mar
most lives; the waiting that consumes our valuable time-in-the-world. It
represents the in-between-times of our lives.