Jesus’ Life: Chapter 16 – The Last Supper
This was a transformative and momentous event.
Jesus, while at the table celebrating the Passover with his Apostles, took bread, blessed it, broke it and gave it to them saying:
“Take it; this is My Body”.
After they had eaten, Jesus took a cup filled with wine, offered thanks and gave it to them to drink saying:
“This is My Blood, the blood of the covenant that is poured out for many”.
The unleavened bread and wine, as shared by Jesus at the Passover meal, was no longer bread and wine; it had become Jesus’ Sacred Body and Blood.
It was Jesus’ ultimate gift to us and He asked his Apostles to “Do this in remembrance of me.”
Today, our celebration of the Holy Mass is a repeat of Jesus’ Last Supper; He returns to the sacrificial altar.
St Paul, in his letter to the Corinthians, reminds us, “Every time you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he [returns]”. (1 Corinthians 11:26)
When we partake in the celebration of the Holy Mass and receive Holy Communion, we receive Christ’s blessings and graces that He gained for us through his sacrificial crucifixion. (Matthew 26:26-29, Mark 14:22-25, Luke 22:15-20)
Jesus’ words were unambiguous, He said, “This is my Body, This is my Blood”.
Lord Jesus, I pray for Christian unity, that all will come to accept your Word and receive your Sacred Body and Blood in the Holy Mass.
Prayer: Faith (St Benedict)
Gracious and Holy Father,
give us the wisdom to discover You,
the intelligence to understand You,
the diligence to seek after You,
the patience to wait for You,
eyes to behold You,
a heart to meditate upon You,
and a life to proclaim You,
through the power of the Spirit of Jesus, our Lord. Amen.