Matthew 26:26-30 "While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you, I will not drink from this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.”When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives."
Reflection. Jesus knew His time was coming. The Cross is casting a long shadow. In the midst of Passover celebrations, Jesus focuses the minds of the Disciples on Him. And He gave them and us wonderful way of calling Him to mind. As Christians, may we never let familiarity weaken for us the grace and majesty and love and power and beauty and simplicity and complexity and joy of this foretaste of the heavenly banquet.
Thanksgiving. Lord Jesus, the Word made flesh, you are all the sustenance we need. By the power of the Holy Spirit may we know and feel your love this day. We call to mind your sacrifice. Amen