Holy Week - The Ultimate Sacrifice
Four days after Jesus entered Jerusalem (Palm Sunday) Christ celebrated the Last Supper with His disciples. Judas would betray Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane hours later, leading to Christ's Crucifixion on Good Friday.
Holy Thursday is the day that Catholics commemorate the institution of three pillars of the Catholic Faith: the Sacrament of Holy Communion (During the Last Supper, Christ blessed the bread and wine with the very words that Catholic and Orthodox priests use today to consecrate the Body and Blood of Christ during the Mass and the Divine Liturgy), the Mass and the priesthood. (In telling His disciples to "Do this in remembrance of Me," He instituted the Mass and made them the first priests.)
Christ gave His disciples a new commandment: “That you love one another, as I have loved you, that you also love one another." The Latin word for "commandment," mandatum became the source for another name for Holy Thursday: Maundy Thursday.
At the Last Supper, on the night he was betrayed, our Savior instituted the Eucharistic Sacrifice of his Body and Blood. He did this in order to perpetuate the sacrifice of the cross through the centuries until he should come again and in this way to entrust to his beloved Bride, the Church, a memorial of his death and resurrection.
Jesus was God's ultimate plan for redemption. Jesus was God's perfect plan: "But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed" (Isaiah 53:5). He took on the sin of all mankind - that is an ultimate sacrifice!