Wednesday of Holy Week

Wednesday of Holy Week
(Isaiah 50: 4-9; Matthew 26: 14-25)

‘I will praise God's name with a song; I will glorify him with thanksgiving'

 

Still at the meal we see Jesus blessing the bread and the wine. You join the others in praising God for all his wonders. You glorify him for the love and life he shares so freely with others. And today, anointed and forgiven (and even though a day ahead of celebrating the Lord's last supper) you are being prepared for the feast of friends. This is the meal that our Jewish brothers and sisters share each year to commemorate what God has done in their lives. Intuitively you know it is the night of 're­membering', of putting together the body of Christ, the church, the community who gather around the word and the shared meal. It is a bittersweet night of intimacy, gifts given and love expressed.

Jesus knows this is his final night, you know but none of the others are aware of the impending fate awaiting Jesus in a few hours’ time. Jesus looks at those gathered around him, making special contact with you because he knows that you know. He keeps you in his gaze as he lifts up the bread and says: 'This is my body which is for you'. Hear the unspoken words - my body I give that you may have life, my body, manna at the service of your needs'. And taking the cup he said: 'This is the cup of the new covenant in my blood, do this as a memorial of me'. Be the bread of nourishment, the cup of outpouring love, be ready to give yourself completely for the life of another. It is a new covenant filled with mercy, forgiveness, healing and love - calling each of us to be co-redeemers as we extend the precious gifts of mercy, forgiveness and love.

Breath Prayer:

I breathe in:     'Jesus, you gave your all to me'

I breathe out:   'I offer you myself as a channel of your grace'

 

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