Holy Thursday is when Jesus instituted the Eucharist, but did you know that he was secretly asking the Apostles to marry him? This sounds crazy, but I promise I didn’t make it up. The first time I heard about this was from Mike Donehy, the lead singer of Tenth Avenue North, in this video.
Jesus the Bridegroom
When you look at the cross, what do you see? I see a Bridegroom. You might be thinking, “Of course you see a Bridegroom, you’re obsessed with Jesus the Bridegroom!” It’s not just me that sees this, though. I’ve inherited a tried-and-true obsession of many before me.
So, if Jesus is the Bridegroom and, as we know, the Church is His bride, then I’m sure you are dying to ask the question every couple gets asked: How did He pop the question??
“…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.”
In the same way also the cup, after supper, saying,
“This cup is the new covenant in my blood.”
1 Cor 11:23-26
Holy Thursday: A new beginning
Will you marry me?
I once heard Fr. Boniface Hicks, O.S.B. preach about the blood and water flowing from Jesus’ side, which “speaks more eloquently than that of Abel” (Hebrews 12:24). He asked: “What does the blood say? It says: ‘Will you marry me?'”
Not only on Holy Thursday and not only to His Apostles does Jesus propose this marriage covenant. He asks each of us to marry Him, to become more closely united with Him, to let Him into our hearts at each communion. Each time the priest repeats the words, “This is my body … This is my blood …” Jesus is asking, “Will you marry me?” As we celebrate the Lord’s Supper and the Institution of the Eucharist let your “Amen” mean, “Yes, Jesus, I will marry you!”