As we approach Holy Thursday' Liturgy we are really going back to the last supper that Jesus had with his disciples. John tells us how Jesus began by washing the feet of his disciples. And then, the other evangelists give us an account of how Jesus gave us Himself. "This is my body given up for you. What a tremendous gift to know that Jesus is present to us and even asks us to take and eat; he wants to stay with us, to nourish us, and he wants us to remember this gift of Himself.
Teresa of Avila wrote: "After having received the Lord, since you have the Person Himself present, strive to close the eyes of the body and open those of the soul and look into your own heart."
She also said: "Be with Him willingly; don't lose so good an occasion for conversing with Him as is the time after having received Communion.
On another occasion she said: "If we were to approach the most Blessed Sacrament with great faith and love, once would be enough to leave us rich."
Holy Thursday is a good day to examine how I receive the Lord in Holy Communion and to thank Him again for this great gift.