by: Father Leo Kleden, SVD, translated by Bill Halan
THE GOSPEL this day is taken from Mark’s Gospel of the Last Supper.
- Jesus and His disciples celebrated the Jewish Passover. They ate the Passover lamb with unleavened bread and bitter herbs, while drinking wine from the cup provided theree times. This Jewish Passover is a memorial of liberation from the land of Egypt, confirmed in the Sinai Covenant.
- In this Last Supper Jesus transformed it into the anticipation of His sacrifice of Himself on the Cross and the Sacrament of Love all the time for us.
- The slain Passover lamb is the symbol of His sacrificed. The broken bread and the cup of wine we drink is the endless gift of Christ for us: “This is My Body.” “This is My Blood”.
- The Sinai Covenant is now perfected with the “New and eternal Covenant”, sealed by the Blood of Christ as an indestructible sign of God’s love.
- This great mystery we re-present in the Eucharistic Celebration, where Jesus teaches us to continue the breaking of the bread for ourselves in the act of love: “Make this a remembrance of me”.
+ God, with what can I love you for? This is my body, this is my blood, the offering of my life to You, Lord + Amen