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Holy Thursday Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper – April 1, 2021

Bishop’s Reflections

April 1, 2021

For every day during Lent, Bishop Edward Malesic writes a scripture reflection for the faithful. Follow the bishop on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Holy Thursday Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper – April 1, 2021

The Feast of the Passover was and is of the highest order for the Jewish People. It is a remembrance of their being saved from the angel of death as they prepared to leave the land of slavery for the land of freedom. In the Book of Exodus, we read that the final plague was the angel of death that visited the first-born of all living things in the land of Egypt, sparing no firstborn, whether human or animal, except those marked for salvation.

The homes marked with the blood of the lamb signified the dwellings of those who were God’s chosen people. These were the ones spared the angel of death which passed over them, thus Passover. The first Passover required a lamb to be eaten and its blood to be painted onto the entranceway of the Jewish homes.

Jesus celebrated this final Passover commemoration with his disciples at the Last Supper. But he makes a new covenant with them, sealed with his own blood. He will be the Lamb of God that is to be eaten in remembrance of his own Passover from death to life. His Body will give food for the journey, like the slain lamb was fed to those about to escape from the bondage of Egypt. Those marked with his blood will be saved from eternal death. His Passover would also be our Passover – as the angel sees that we have been marked for salvation by the blood of the lamb, who is Jesus.

For those of us, so marked by the Body and Blood of Christ, our salvation must be expressed in our love. As Jesus died for us out of love, so we must give our lives to each other out of love. This is shown in the washing of the feet, which Jesus did as an example for his followers to imitate.

So, by being marked with the sign of his Body broken for us and his Blood poured out for us we do not remain people inside the four walls of our churches. Not at all. We are people called to serve as we have been served, to love as we have been loved, to feed as we have been fed, and to comfort as we have been comforted.

If we are members in communion with the Holy Catholic Church, we must also be the hands and feet of Jesus, who came to give of himself. As he gave his Body and Blood for others, so must we do with our own body and blood. We must give.

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