Gospel – Mark 14: 12-16;22-26
On the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread,
when they sacrificed the Passover lamb,
Jesus’ disciples said to him,
“Where do you want us to go
and prepare for you to eat the Passover?”
He sent two of his disciples and said to them,
“Go into the city and a man will meet you,
carrying a jar of water.
Wherever he enters, say to the master of the house,
‘The Teacher says, “Where is my guest room
where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?”‘
Then he will show you a large upper room furnished and ready.
Make the preparations for us there.”
The disciples then went off, entered the city,
and found it just as he had told them;
and they prepared the Passover.
While they were eating,
he took bread, said the blessing,
broke it, gave it to them, and said,
“Take it; this is my body.”
Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them,
and they all drank from it.
He said to them,
“This is my blood of the covenant,
which will be shed for many.
Amen, I say to you,
I shall not drink again the fruit of the vine
until the day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.”
Then, after singing a hymn,
they went out to the Mount of Olives.
Reflection on the Gospel
Let us remember that we are in the holy presence of God.
There is an old hymn that contains the words, “… and how revere this wondrous gift, so far surpassing hope or thought.” We have just celebrated the sacred mysteries reflecting on the death and resurrection of Jesus and the sending of the Holy Spirit, in which we find our salvation. Now we take today to remember that we have this lasting remembrance in which we receive the Body and Blood and Soul and Divinity of the Savior. What wondrous love!
I am not able to give myself so totally to others. However, I can give myself as far as I am able.
Saint John Baptist de La Salle – Pray for us.
Live, Jesus, in our hearts – Forever.