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A Reflection on the Last Supper

Instead of commentary on all the readings for this Palm Sunday, here is an opportunity to reflect on portions of the Gospel and 2nd reading as they pertain to Eucharist.

Let us pray from the Intercessions of Morning Prayer of Holy Thursday.…

As we contemplate the mystery of Jesus’ gift of himself to us, let us pray:

Save your people, Lord.

You are present in the mystery of your Cross embodied in the Eucharist.  Bring all peoples into communion with your redeeming love.

Save your people, Lord.

You offer the world new life in the waters of baptism.  Be present to those who are preparing for baptism.

Save your people, Lord.

You strengthen the Church in the power of the Holy Spirit. Inspire with fervor those who are preparing for confirmation.

Save your people, Lord.

You anoint in your likeness new servants of the Gospel.  Renew in love all those who are ordained to the diaconate, priesthood and episcopacy.

Save your people, Lord.

You unite in love those whom you have called to mirror your love for the Church in marriage.  Fortify the bonds of love that bind all married couples.

Save your people, Lord.

You reconcile to God all those who have gone astray in sin. Cleanse and heal those who desire to return to you.

Save your people, Lord.

You strengthen all those who are called to adhere to your Cross in sickness.  Comfort the sick and those who care for them.

Save your people, Lord.

You give yourself as food for the journey to all those who face the passage from death to life.  Enlighten the dying.

Save your people, Lord.

O Lord, gather us in holiness around the table of the Cross, that together we may proclaim your saving love to all the world in word and in work, through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

 A reading from the Letter of St. Paul to the Philippians (2:  6-11)

The reading from the Gospel according to Mark (14:  12 – 26)

Reflection Questions from Moment By Moment:  A Retreat in Everyday Life:

  1. What do I remember about my initial experiences of the eucharist? How have those experiences influenced the significance I give to the eucharist in my adult life?
  2. How does being part of a community of believers help me to make the continued act of faith which the eucharist requires?
  3. What have reverent moments of receiving the eucharist taught me about intimacy?
  4. Have I made the connections between eucharist and service which are shown by Jesus at the Last Supper?  Do I experience the eucharist as strengthening me to serve as Jesus did?
  5. In what ways am I bread that is broken and shared with others on a daily basis?

“Throughout the week we can feel and express our gratitude.  We can experience, in the midst of very hectic and messy times, a peace the world cannot give.  All week – whether we are driving or walking from one place to another, or pouring a cup of coffee, or simply pausing to catch our breath – we can hear him say, ‘I have given you an example; do this in memory of me.’  He is broken and poured out, to completely give himself to our very human struggle that we might be whole and ourselves become bread for our world, “  (Retreat in the Real World, p. 243).

Let us pray…

May the cross be upon our foreheads

that we may ponder its meaning.

May the cross be upon our ears,

that we may listen attentively to God’s Word.

May the cross be upon our eyes,

that we may see God’s love in this world and in those around us.

May the cross be upon our nostrils

that the smells of this earth open us

to the mysteries of God’s goodness and other’s needs.

May the Cross be upon our lips,

that we may speak God’s love and mercy in our words.

May the cross be upon our shoulders,

that we may carry our cross and embrace the challenges of life

with the love and wisdom of Jesus.

May the cross be upon our hands,

that we may serve others as Jesus did.  AMEN

Eucharist and Babette’s Feast III

babette's Feast

Let us pray from John Phillip Newell

Clear our heart, O God, that we may see you.
Clear our heart, O God,
that we may truly see ourselves.
See our heart, O God,
that we may know the sacredness of this moment
and in every moment
seek you
serve you
strengthen you
as the Living Presence in every presence.
Clear our heart, O God,
that we may see.  Amen

A Reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark (14:22-25)

22 While they were eating, Jesus took a piece of bread, gave a prayer of thanks, broke it, and gave it to his disciples. “Take it,” he said, “this is my body.”

23 Then he took a cup, gave thanks to God, and handed it to them; and they all drank from it. 24 Jesus said, “This is my blood which is poured out for many, my blood which seals God’s covenant. 25 I tell you, I will never again drink this wine until the day I drink the new wine in the Kingdom of God.”

Julian of Norwich said, “We are not just made by God.  We are made of God.”  Eucharist is an offering.  Christ offers Christself to us, and we offer in return.  It is meant to be a flow.  There is a divine love that is freely given.  We enter into it and it changes us.  It doesn’t just flow in.  What happens to water when it grows stagnant?  It is meant to then flow out.  We must allow God within us to flow out of us.  How is this shown in Babette’s Feast?

“How then can we, in the midst of our ordinary lives, drink our cup, the cup of sorrow and the cup of joy?  How can we fully appropriate what is given to us?  Somehow we know that when we do not drink our cup and thus avoid the sorrow as well as the joy of living, our lives become inauthentic, insincere, superficial, and boring…We can choose to drink the cup of our life with the deep conviction that by drinking it we will find our true freedom.  Thus, we will discover that the cup of sorrow and joy we are drinking is the cup of salvation.”  Henri Nouwen in Can You Drink the Cup?  Does Babette do this?  What about the townspeople?

What is God’s covenant?  How does God’s covenant make a difference in your life?

Let us pray

Christ, come into our lives.

Come into our lives and make us into something new.

Help us find joy in this newness.

Help us use this joy in our lives

and in the lives of those we around us

each day.