Wednesday 4 November 2015

Feast of the Blessed Sacrament, year’B’ Fête du Saint Sacrement, année B

’And as they were eating, he took bread, and when he had said the blessing, he broke it and gave it to them. ’Take,’he said, ’this is my Body.’

Ex.24,3-8 Ps.115 He.9, 11-15 Mk. 14, 12-16.22-26

Feast of the Blessed Sacrament, year B

“On the first day of Unleavened Bread, when the Passover lamb was sacrificed ,his disciples said to him, ’Where do you want us to go and make the preparation for you to eat the Passover? ’So he sent two of his disciples, saying to them, ’Go into the city and you will meet a man carrying a pitcher of water. Follow him, and say to the owner of the house which he enters, ’The Master says, where is the room for me to eat the Passover with my disciples?’ He will show you a large upper room furnished with couches, all prepared. Make the preparations for us there.’”

In our daily life the Word of God finds its echo, we can live our ’today’ in the perspective of the Lord’s Easter experience -it is living this with Him that we all enter into the Trinitarian life of God. ’Where do you want us to prepare the Passover feast?’ This is our question to Jesus as we consider our own life : where do you want your presence to take its place and carry our being? It is the place we feel the presence of Jesus within ourselves, so that it grows and becomes the place of the greatest Love where we encounter him in a greater presence.We celebrate the Body and Blood of Jesus, the former tradition gives way to a New Covenant. In the former Passover they would immolate a paschal lamb, to prepare to pass the Red Sea.Jesus instituted a new ritual for a Passage towards Infinite Love.

"The disciples set out and went to the city and found everything as he had told them, and prepared the Passover.And as they were eating he took bread, and when he had said the blessing he broke it and gave it to them. ’Take it ’he said, ’this is my Body;’ Then he took a cup and when he had given thanks he handed it to them, and all drank from it, and he said to the, ’This is my blood, the blood of the Covenant poured out for many.’

Our desire is to live from this new Love proposed by Jesus .It is the breaking forth of a new family, brothers and sisters saved by his sacrifice, gathered together for the meal of Love.This Sacrament is important in our lives so as to be able to put up with suffering in our daily life. We can go through times of anguish and solitude and this Sacrament is there for us. In being united to Christ, we have the experience that we ’achieve in our flesh what is lacking in the sufferings of Christ for his body the Church. ’In faith we participate with Jesus in the Salvation of the world, through the offering up of our lives. In order to participate in Christ’s work, we need to be centered upon the mystery of Blood poured out, on the Life that is given, as we are nourished by the Body and Blood of Jesus.This is first and foremost a mystery of faith. It is the liberation of humanity’s sin obtained by the Blood of Jesus. ’Pushed by the eternal Spirit, Jesus offered himself up to God, like a spotless victim, and his blood purifies our conscience of the acts that lead to death so that we can celebrate the cult of the living God.’, it says in the Epistle of Hebrews. It is a gift to be received, a gift of our salvation ’Jesus , having loved his own, loved them right to the end.’

“’In truth I tell you, I shall never drink wine any more until the day I drink the new wine in the Kingdom of God.’ After the psalms had been sung, they left for the Mount of Olives.”’

’Jesus took the bread’. He offered himself up and gives us the possibility to go into ourselves in this movement of self offering, whatever might be the situation.

At the end of his earthly life, Jesus did this gesture so as to give himself to us; his Love penetrates us, nourishes us and has us act. Our Lord Jesus Christ takes everything we offer to him, says how much value it has, all the weight of humanity we find there. Since the time of His Blood that was poured out we know that we can address ourselves to him fully, for the whole of our existence, and we enter into full liberty of God’s children. Jesus has us go over to Him in our daily life, helping us to see things differently, and make choices taking into consideration what is really important.At each moment of our life there is a part of ourselves that goes back to earth and there is a part called to become a cloth of our being. This salvation offered in Jesus Christ is the fruit of an immense Love :

’Have us venerate such a huge Love, the mystery of your Body and your Blood so that we can ever gather the fruit of your Redemption.’ Jesus comes to free our conscience from all these lifeless works, and to have us stand up in His Resurrection.

Let us ask foe the grace that this prayer may correspond to the gift of the Love of God, He who loves us so much.