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Thursday, April 9, 2020

Holy Thursday

Because we all still sheltering in place, most of the world will need to make a spiritual Communion this Holy Thursday. I think it good to reflect on the earliest account of the Last Supper when Jesus gave us this wonderful Sacrament of the Eucharist. 
Paul tells us in his first Letter to the Corinthians:
"Brothers and sisters: I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus, on the night he was handed over, took bread, and after he had given thanks, broke it and said, 'This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.' In the same way also the cup, after supper, saying, 'This cup in the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.' For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes."

This is from a letter from our Provincial in 2018 in which she begins by telling us that Holy Thursday is her favorite day of the year because, for her, "it is the day that focuses everything: love, friendship, betrayal, community, food, service, humility and, almost best of all, imagination.....Who would ever think of taking ordinary bread and wine and seeing in them a way to remain with people? To be forever in their midst because he loves them and wants to be with them forever?"

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