Then He took the bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them, saying…
“This is my body, which will be given up for you; do this in memory of me.”
And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying…
“This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which will be shed for you.”
Luke, Chapter 22, Verse 19
The Easter Triduum is so rich in ritual that I sometimes lose sight of the awesome gift of Himself that God gave us in that moment. Right there on Holy Thursday, before the unfolding events of the agony, the trial, the death and resurrection of Christ, God establishes the Sacrament of Holy Eucharist. And what seemingly was offered as the appetizer, turns into the main course – literally. Christ offers Himself as our nourishment for all time. From that precise moment onward we are invited to share fully, deeply and intimately in relationship with our God. Through the Eucharist Christ becomes one with us and we with Him.
What a glorious and amazing gift!!
Richard thought it rather appropriate to share these stunning photos of the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Savannah, GA as a backdrop to the reflection this week. I think they convey the sense of awe, majesty and mystery that is The Eucharist.
28 April 2014