Scripture: 1 Corinthians 11: 23 – 26
The Lord Jesus took some bread, and thanked God for it and broke it, and he said, ‘This is my body, which is for you; do this as a memorial of me.
Before the Last Supper, it was customary for the one presiding at the Passover Meal to explain everything about the Exodus experience of the people of Israel. Jesus now gives a new explanation of the bread and wine.
Jesus says: Tomorrow I shall be put to death. My death is not accidental; it is a sacrifice I offer to the Father. If you want to participate in the forgiveness my sacrifice effects, you have to eat my flesh. This you do by eating this bread, which is really my Body. In future, you shall repeat this act among yourselves in remembrance of me.
Every time the Eucharist is celebrated, Jesus becomes present, we are forgiven and the covenant he has made with us is renewed. So the good news is that God has not stopped nourishing us. We are able to feast on his Body and Blood daily which is a great source of spiritual energy as we journey through life. Do not starve yourself of God’s great love. Rather feast on it and allow yourself to be filled with the living presence of Jesus as often as possible. Each time you receive the Eucharist welcome the presence of Jesus as you allow him to guide your thoughts, words, actions and behaviour.
Pray today for those whose ministry makes the Eucharist real for us: our priests. On Holy Thursday we celebrate the institution of the Sacred Priesthood as well. Remember to thank your priest for the dedication of his life in service to God and his Church. It is his priesthood that makes it possible for us to be fed with the Bread of Life.
Make a real effort to celebrate the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper tonight with your parish community. Listen carefully to the words of consecration said by the priest over the gifts of bread and wine. Thank God for the wonderful gift of the Eucharist.
Spend some time in prayer at the Altar of Repose. Be a faithful disciple keeping watch with Jesus. This quiet time will help you to enter into the spirit of Good Friday.
Father, you guide us by your Word and strengthen us with your Body and Blood. Increase our hunger for your Son Jesus, the Bread of Life.