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Catholic 727: Holy Thursday - THE MASS OF THE LORD’S SUPPER 18th April, 2019

18th April, 2019

First Reading: Exodus 12: 1-8. 11-14
Psalm: Ps 115: 12-13. 15-18. R. Our blessing-cup is a communion with the blood of Christ.
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 11: 23-26
Gospel Acclamation: John 13: 34
Gospel: John 13: 1-15
Washing of Feet
Please listen to my audio recordings of the readings, prayers and reflections for Holy Thursday  - 18th April, 2019, by clicking this link here:  https://soundcloud.com/user-633212303/holy-thursday-faith-hope-and-love-2019-episode-151/s-iV7zG :   (EPISODE: 151 )
The prayers of the world go out to the people of France at the shocking fire that tore through the historic Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris. 

My heart and thoughts are with the people.  In Holy Week we take heart in the fact that the message of the Suffering, death and Resurrection of Christ promises us God's faithfulness and nearness to his beloved children, no matter what disasters and setbacks befall us.   Ultimately, Christ is our living temple, who lives forever. 
This night is the culmination of ancient and most holy events….  In a way that brings them all into unity….

THE ANCIENT AND HOLY GATHERING OF THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL, TO COMMEMORATE the great event of the PASSOVER…  which Our Lord, as a faithful member of the Jewish faith, also longed to celebrate….  Calls to mind the covenant God made with his people…  that he would be Our God… and we would be his people… and that he would save us…  and guide us…  leading us to PASS-OVER from slavery to freedom… and PASS-OVER from death into new life… 

And then, with his disciples…  in the midst of the Passover meal, at that last supper…  in the upper room specially prepared,  Jesus did a new thing, in the midst of the very ancient actions…   Yet, this NEW THING that Jesus did was perfectly connected to the OLD….  Jesus, connected the Passover, with his life and suffering and death.. and with his eventual resurrection…   Jesus made himself the Passover lamb….  The innocent and spotless offering slaughtered to free the people from sin and re-establish God's covenant….  And so… Jesus perfected and renewed this ancient covenant…  in his own blood.. and gave us a perfect way of accessing this promise and renewing the promise.. every time we gather at Eucharist.. to take and eat..  take and drink..  we proclaim Our Lord's death…  until he comes again…  and this sharing in the one cup and the one bread…  it is a communion in the blood of Christ… as St Paul so wonderfully puts it….

Every time we celebrate Eucharist…  we offer our lives, our hopes and dreams..  our successes and failures…  to our God, through Jesus' perfect offering of himself…  we are joined to Christ as a perfect gift that includes us and all who are dear to us….    And echo Jesus' action, which is to offer his whole self and what he was to suffer, for the salvation of the world….  

And Jesus went further… he washed the feet of his disciples…  it is ironic… on the night when we celebrate Jesus instituting the Eucharist.. and establishing the priesthood… the gospel we recite does not mention the words of institution… but this is no accident…  John's gospel.. the last of the gospels written……(Mark being the earliest…  luke and Matthew later),… but St Paul's letters were the earliest writings of all……  they mention it… by the time John's gospel came to be written, the Eucharist was so revered, recognised as so holy… that he spoke of it in the most profound way, in different parts of his gospel…  in somewhat subtle tones … but at the last supper, John goes to the heart of the meaning of the Eucharist by featuring the incident of the washing of the feet… to show that Eucharist and service… are inseparable…   Eucharist and justice are essentially inter-connected.….   // Eucharist and Jesus giving every drop of his blood…  sacrificing absolutely everything out of love and serviced for us.. to save us…  is the very heart of the meaning of the Mass…  and of the call to serve the people in priesthood.. and in fact in the vocation of each and every disciple…. 

 We have the most excellent and perfect teacher and master in Christ… whose simplicity, poverty, humility and love and charity establishes,  perfects and gives meaning to service, Eucharist, sacrifice and communion….  

We are simply taking Christ as our model. Jesus deserves every possible honour, every privilege, every right, and precedent.. and yet who stripped himself of all that was rightfully his and took on the form of a slave… to save us all…..  he spared NOTHING for himself to GIVE all for others…. 

This most holy night.. at the start of the holiest of THREE days…  let us take (again) as our model, Christ… let us continue to "do this in memory of me"…  as we commit ourselves to service, sacrifice, generosity….   Forgiveness…..  compassion and, let all these actions flow from motivating core of the heart and mind of our master, the Lord, Jesus Christ…  who came in love, served in love, healed in love…  and died in love…..

May we be every faithful to the Eucharist.. and to the priestly call to service…..   and like Christ…  pour ourselves out in love and service for others…. 
Fr Paul W. Kelly

By Thoom illustration ID: 600767603. Shutterstock image used with permission.  Washing of feet - Jesus Christ washing the feet of the apostles on Holy Thursday. Abstract artistic modern religious Christian illustration -

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Holy Thursday

(EPISODE: 151 )

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
Brothers and sisters, let us acknowledge our sins,
and so prepare ourselves to celebrate the sacred mysteries.
Lord Jesus, you raise us to new life: Lord, have mercy// //
Lord Jesus, you forgive us our sins: Christ, have mercy//
Lord Jesus, you feed us with your body and blood: Lord, have mercy//
May almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins, and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.


When we eat this Bread and drink this Cup, we proclaim your Death, O Lord, until you come again.

Preface: Proper of Holy Thursday

Eucharistic prayer I – proper for Holy Thursday

(No dismissal,  community departs in silent adoration and contemplation, to gather again on Good Friday) 

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