24 March 2016
Mass of the Chrism: Is 61:1-3a, 8b-9 / Rev 1: 5-8 / Lk 4:16-21
Lord's Supper: Ex 12:1 – 8, 11-14 / 1 Cor 11:23 – 26 / Jn 13:1–15
From the 1st Reading: Ex 12:11-14
And this is how you will eat: with a belt round your waist, sandals on your feet and a staff in your hand. You shall eat hastily for it is the passover in honor of Yahweh. On that night I shall go through Egypt and strike every firstborn in Egypt, men and animals; and I will even bring judgment on all the gods of Egypt, I, Yahweh! The blood on your houses will be the sign that you are there. I will see the blood and pass over you; and you will escape the mortal plague when I strike Egypt.
This is a day you are to remember and celebrate in honor of Yahweh. It is to be kept as a festival day for all generations forever.
From the 2nd reading: 1 Cor 11:23 – 26
This is the tradition of the Lord that I received and that in my turn I have handed on to you; the Lord Jesus, on the night that he was delivered up, took bread and, after giving thanks, broke it, saying, "This is my body which is broken for you; do this in memory of me." In the same manner, taking the cup after the supper, he said, "This cup is the new Covenant in my blood. Whenever you drink it, do it in memory of me."
So, then, whenever you eat of this bread and drink from this cup, you are proclaiming the death of the Lord until he comes.
From the Gospel Reading: Jn 13:3 - 15
Jesus knew that the Father had entrusted all things to him, and as he had come from God, he was going to God. So he got up from table, removed his garment and taking a towel, wrapped it around his waist. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples' feet and to wipe them with the towel he was wearing.
When he came to Simon Peter, Simon said to him, "Why, Lord, you want to wash my feet!" Jesus said, "What I am doing you cannot understand now, but afterwards you will understand it." Peter replied, "You shall never wash my feet."
Jesus answered him, "If I do not wash you, you can have no part with me.: Then Simon Peter said, "Lord, wash not only my feet, but also my hands and my head!" Jesus replied, "Whoever has taken a bath does not need to wash (except the feet), for he is clean all over. You are clean, though not all of you." Jesus knew who was to betray him; because of this he said, "Not all of you are clean."
When Jesus had finished washing their feet, he put on his garment again, went back to the table and said to them, "Do you understand what I have done to you? You call me Master and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. If I, then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet, you also must wash one another's feet. I have just given you an example that as I have done, you also may do."
The liturgy of the Lord's Supper marks the beginning of the Paschal Triduum, the celebration of the central mystery of our Christian faith: the greatest saving act of God for his people Israel, the liberation of Israel from the slavery of Egypt.
Indeed, God enters into our lives in order to save us and set us free from whatever form of sin, slavery and oppression.
The hour has come for the glorification of Jesus. In the context of the Jewish Passover meal, Jesus reaches the high point of his saving mission by ushering in a new exodus, a new liberation of this world towards the Father through the new covenant of his own body and blood. At the night of the Last Supper, Jesus shares with us that glory by asking us to remember his saving act in and through the Eucharistic meal. As he shares with us this new exodus, this passing over from sin to new life, he also assures us of our ultimate liberation from all forms of enslavement.
But our liberation does not end there. Just as we are united with Christ in own body and blood, he also challenges us to free all others from oppression. By letting Jesus wash our feet, we also accept his great act of loving service to others. Having accepted this mission, we must embrace it in our lives by our loving service of others, especially those in need. True devotion to the Eucharist necessarily leads one to greater service of others. Jesus, who breaks the bread of the Eucharist and shares himself with all, also washes the feet of his disciples. We must follow Jesus' loving act both at the altar of the Eucharist and at the altar of our daily life.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:
Patrick & Billie Syling
IN MEMORIAM (+)
Consuelo Cunanan (March 24, 1914 – Jan 9, 1981)
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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