Maundy ThursdayThis image is the famous painting from Tintoretto (a student of Titian) The Last Supper. He imbues his tableau with complexity and even mystery, as he plays with the notion of light and dark.  He also gives nods to the ordinary people of the day, including a few people preparing and serving food, along with a dog at an apostle’s feet, and a cat sniffing the contents of a basket.

For this is what the Lord himself has said about his Table, and I have passed it on to you before: That on the night when Judas betrayed him, the Lord Jesus took bread,  and when he had given thanks to God for it, he broke it and gave it to his disciples and said, “Take this and eat it. This is my body, which is given for you. Do this to remember me.” In the same way, he took the cup of wine after supper, saying, “This cup is the new agreement between God and you that has been established and set in motion by my blood. Do this in remembrance of me whenever you drink it.” For every time you eat this bread and drink this cup you are retelling the message of the Lord’s death, that he has died for you. Do this until he comes again.

Scripture Reference: 1st Corinthians 11:23-26, The Living Bible

Image Credit: Jacopo Tintoretto,  this painting is part of the collection at the Basilica di San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice, Italy.

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