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Lord God, Creator of heaven and earth, as your Son’s body lay in the tomb on this Holy Saturday, may we wait with him in hope of the new life he won for each of us.  We pray this in the name of Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.

—The Jesuit Prayer team

 

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Waiting in hope

As Christians, we spend today waiting.  Jesus was laid in the tomb just before the start of the sabbath, which began at sundown on Friday.  Mary Magdelene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome must have spent an agonizing sabbath, mourning for their friend and teacher, and waiting until they could anoint his body as was the Jewish custom.  They had witnessed Jesus’ cruel death, and did not fully understand what it meant.

Today, we have the benefit of knowing how this part of the story ends.  We know that death does not win; we know that Jesus is triumphant. So today, this day of waiting that sits between the agony of Good Friday and the joy of the Resurrection, we wait in hope.  We hope for the new life that Jesus has won for all of us, and we pray that we may follow the Risen Christ in the way we live our lives.

—The Jesuit Prayer team

 

 

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Holy Saturday

Mk 16:1-7

When the sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. They had been saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?”

When they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled back. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man, dressed in a white robe, sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Look, there is the place they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him, just as he told you.”

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

 

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March 31, 2018

Holy Saturday

Mk 16:1-7

When the sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. They had been saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?”

When they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled back. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man, dressed in a white robe, sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Look, there is the place they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him, just as he told you.”

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Waiting in hope

As Christians, we spend today waiting.  Jesus was laid in the tomb just before the start of the sabbath, which began at sundown on Friday.  Mary Magdelene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome must have spent an agonizing sabbath, mourning for their friend and teacher, and waiting until they could anoint his body as was the Jewish custom.  They had witnessed Jesus’ cruel death, and did not fully understand what it meant.

Today, we have the benefit of knowing how this part of the story ends.  We know that death does not win; we know that Jesus is triumphant. So today, this day of waiting that sits between the agony of Good Friday and the joy of the Resurrection, we wait in hope.  We hope for the new life that Jesus has won for all of us, and we pray that we may follow the Risen Christ in the way we live our lives.

—The Jesuit Prayer team

Prayer

Lord God, Creator of heaven and earth, as your Son’s body lay in the tomb on this Holy Saturday, may we wait with him in hope of the new life he won for each of us.  We pray this in the name of Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.

—The Jesuit Prayer team

 

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Prayer

In you, O Lord, I take refuge; let me never be put to shame.
In your justice rescue me, incline your ear to me,
Make haste to deliver me!
Be my rock of refuge, a stronghold to give me safety.
You are my rock and my fortress; for your name’s sake you will lead and guide me.
You will free me from the snare they set for me, for you are my refuge.
Into your hands I commend my spirit; you will redeem me, O Lord, O faithful God.

—Psalm 31:2-6

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Trusting God through the pain

Having just returned from a border immersion experience in El Paso, Texas and Juarez, Mexico, I found myself reading and re-reading the words from today’s first reading.

As we gather today in mourning, I can’t help but remember the tired eyes of the five-year-old girl on the Juarez side of the border … the devout manner of the way-too-young girls and boys in the detention center … and the shy smile of a man and his son just delivered to the shelter, waiting for their number to be called. They, too, were spurned and avoided, held in no esteem for want of amnesty, a job, a way to eat, a roof.

Today we are inspired to realize deeply the tragedy of Jesus’ death in the context of our own sorrows and trials. It amazes me how the migrants we encountered on our trip can sustain such suffering and pain. Perhaps the will of the Lord is accomplished through the migrants’ trust in God and through the caring, committed individuals who accompany them on their journeys?

How can we treat our brothers and sisters in such a manner? Have I, too, gone astray like a sheep … just following my own way?

—Vicki Simon is the director of the Ignatian Volunteer Corps in St. Louis.

 

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Good Friday

Is 52:13-53:12

See, my servant shall prosper; he shall be exalted and lifted up, and shall be very high. Just as there were many who were astonished at him—so marred was his appearance, beyond human semblance, and his form beyond that of mortals— so he shall startle many nations; kings shall shut their mouths because of him; for that which had not been told them they shall see, and that which they had not heard they shall contemplate.

Who has believed what we have heard? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by others; a man of suffering and acquainted with infirmity; and as one from whom others hide their faces he was despised, and we held him of no account.

Surely he has borne our infirmities and carried our diseases; yet we accounted him stricken, struck down by God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the punishment that made us whole, and by his bruises we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have all turned to our own way, and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.

He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth. By a perversion of justice he was taken away. Who could have imagined his future? For he was cut off from the land of the living, stricken for the transgression of my people. They made his grave with the wicked and his tomb with the rich, although he had done no violence, and there was no deceit in his mouth.

Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him with pain. When you make his life an offering for sin, he shall see his offspring, and shall prolong his days; through him the will of the Lord shall prosper. Out of his anguish he shall see light; he shall find satisfaction through his knowledge. The righteous one, my servant, shall make many righteous, and he shall bear their iniquities.

Therefore I will allot him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he poured out himself to death, and was numbered with the transgressors; yet he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

 

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March 30, 2018

Good Friday

Is 52:13-53:12

See, my servant shall prosper; he shall be exalted and lifted up, and shall be very high. Just as there were many who were astonished at him—so marred was his appearance, beyond human semblance, and his form beyond that of mortals— so he shall startle many nations; kings shall shut their mouths because of him; for that which had not been told them they shall see, and that which they had not heard they shall contemplate.

Who has believed what we have heard? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by others; a man of suffering and acquainted with infirmity; and as one from whom others hide their faces he was despised, and we held him of no account.

Surely he has borne our infirmities and carried our diseases; yet we accounted him stricken, struck down by God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the punishment that made us whole, and by his bruises we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have all turned to our own way, and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.

He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth. By a perversion of justice he was taken away. Who could have imagined his future? For he was cut off from the land of the living, stricken for the transgression of my people. They made his grave with the wicked and his tomb with the rich, although he had done no violence, and there was no deceit in his mouth.

Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him with pain. When you make his life an offering for sin, he shall see his offspring, and shall prolong his days; through him the will of the Lord shall prosper. Out of his anguish he shall see light; he shall find satisfaction through his knowledge. The righteous one, my servant, shall make many righteous, and he shall bear their iniquities.

Therefore I will allot him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he poured out himself to death, and was numbered with the transgressors; yet he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Trusting God through the pain

Having just returned from a border immersion experience in El Paso, Texas and Juarez, Mexico, I found myself reading and re-reading the words from today’s first reading.

As we gather today in mourning, I can’t help but remember the tired eyes of the five-year-old girl on the Juarez side of the border … the devout manner of the way-too-young girls and boys in the detention center … and the shy smile of a man and his son just delivered to the shelter, waiting for their number to be called. They, too, were spurned and avoided, held in no esteem for want of amnesty, a job, a way to eat, a roof.

Today we are inspired to realize deeply the tragedy of Jesus’ death in the context of our own sorrows and trials. It amazes me how the migrants we encountered on our trip can sustain such suffering and pain. Perhaps the will of the Lord is accomplished through the migrants’ trust in God and through the caring, committed individuals who accompany them on their journeys?

How can we treat our brothers and sisters in such a manner? Have I, too, gone astray like a sheep … just following my own way?

—Vicki Simon is the director of the Ignatian Volunteer Corps in St. Louis.

Prayer

In you, O Lord, I take refuge; let me never be put to shame.
In your justice rescue me, incline your ear to me,
Make haste to deliver me!
Be my rock of refuge, a stronghold to give me safety.
You are my rock and my fortress; for your name’s sake you will lead and guide me.
You will free me from the snare they set for me, for you are my refuge.
Into your hands I commend my spirit; you will redeem me, O Lord, O faithful God.

—Psalm 31:2-6

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


Prayer

By his word the Word almighty, 
Makes of bread his flesh indeed:
Wine becomes his very life-blood: 
Faith God’s living Word must heed!
Faith alone may safely guide us 
Where the senses cannot lead.

—Pange Lingua (Sing, my Tongue), verse 4 by St. Thomas Aquinas

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Recalling the Passover

For the Jewish mind, to “remember” was literally to recall, to bring back to their present reality the action of God many years before. In that very recalling, the mystery and its power is present. As Walter Cronkite used to say: “You are there.” Our faith tells us that we are now present to God’s action, and take part in it.

This mystery of our faith is not a fairytale but a sacred reenactment of the Last Supper and the Passover put together. Jesus offers himself as the Paschal Lamb whose blood will save the Apostles just as the Israelites were saved and the Good Thief was saved. Jesus offers his life for the salvation of the world. Thus we take and eat and drink the blood of the Lamb as the Jews did on Passover. God’s Living Word enters our life and changes it. We can only say Amen!

—Fr. Karl Voelker, SJ, is on the staff of the Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat House in Barrington, IL.

 

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St. Ignatius’s First Principle and Foundation says “The goal of our life is to live with God forever. God, who loves us, gave us life. Our own response of love allows God's life to flow into us without limit.” One of the ways in which we respond to the love God has given us is through prayer, not only personal prayer but community prayer as well. The Pastoral Ministry Center invites members of our Strake Jesuit Community to share their prayers with us: their concerns, joys, thanksgivings, so that we may walk with them in all these times of their lives.





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Lord God, Creator of heaven and earth, as your Son’s body lay in the tomb on this Holy Saturday, may we wait with him in hope of the new life he won for each of us.  We pray this in the name of Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.

—The Jesuit Prayer team

 

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


Waiting in hope

As Christians, we spend today waiting.  Jesus was laid in the tomb just before the start of the sabbath, which began at sundown on Friday.  Mary Magdelene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome must have spent an agonizing sabbath, mourning for their friend and teacher, and waiting until they could anoint his body as was the Jewish custom.  They had witnessed Jesus’ cruel death, and did not fully understand what it meant.

Today, we have the benefit of knowing how this part of the story ends.  We know that death does not win; we know that Jesus is triumphant. So today, this day of waiting that sits between the agony of Good Friday and the joy of the Resurrection, we wait in hope.  We hope for the new life that Jesus has won for all of us, and we pray that we may follow the Risen Christ in the way we live our lives.

—The Jesuit Prayer team

 

 

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


Holy Saturday

Mk 16:1-7

When the sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. They had been saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?”

When they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled back. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man, dressed in a white robe, sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Look, there is the place they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him, just as he told you.”

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

 

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


March 31, 2018

Holy Saturday

Mk 16:1-7

When the sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. They had been saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?”

When they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled back. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man, dressed in a white robe, sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Look, there is the place they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him, just as he told you.”

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Waiting in hope

As Christians, we spend today waiting.  Jesus was laid in the tomb just before the start of the sabbath, which began at sundown on Friday.  Mary Magdelene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome must have spent an agonizing sabbath, mourning for their friend and teacher, and waiting until they could anoint his body as was the Jewish custom.  They had witnessed Jesus’ cruel death, and did not fully understand what it meant.

Today, we have the benefit of knowing how this part of the story ends.  We know that death does not win; we know that Jesus is triumphant. So today, this day of waiting that sits between the agony of Good Friday and the joy of the Resurrection, we wait in hope.  We hope for the new life that Jesus has won for all of us, and we pray that we may follow the Risen Christ in the way we live our lives.

—The Jesuit Prayer team

Prayer

Lord God, Creator of heaven and earth, as your Son’s body lay in the tomb on this Holy Saturday, may we wait with him in hope of the new life he won for each of us.  We pray this in the name of Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.

—The Jesuit Prayer team

 

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Prayer

In you, O Lord, I take refuge; let me never be put to shame.
In your justice rescue me, incline your ear to me,
Make haste to deliver me!
Be my rock of refuge, a stronghold to give me safety.
You are my rock and my fortress; for your name’s sake you will lead and guide me.
You will free me from the snare they set for me, for you are my refuge.
Into your hands I commend my spirit; you will redeem me, O Lord, O faithful God.

—Psalm 31:2-6

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


Trusting God through the pain

Having just returned from a border immersion experience in El Paso, Texas and Juarez, Mexico, I found myself reading and re-reading the words from today’s first reading.

As we gather today in mourning, I can’t help but remember the tired eyes of the five-year-old girl on the Juarez side of the border … the devout manner of the way-too-young girls and boys in the detention center … and the shy smile of a man and his son just delivered to the shelter, waiting for their number to be called. They, too, were spurned and avoided, held in no esteem for want of amnesty, a job, a way to eat, a roof.

Today we are inspired to realize deeply the tragedy of Jesus’ death in the context of our own sorrows and trials. It amazes me how the migrants we encountered on our trip can sustain such suffering and pain. Perhaps the will of the Lord is accomplished through the migrants’ trust in God and through the caring, committed individuals who accompany them on their journeys?

How can we treat our brothers and sisters in such a manner? Have I, too, gone astray like a sheep … just following my own way?

—Vicki Simon is the director of the Ignatian Volunteer Corps in St. Louis.

 

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


Good Friday

Is 52:13-53:12

See, my servant shall prosper; he shall be exalted and lifted up, and shall be very high. Just as there were many who were astonished at him—so marred was his appearance, beyond human semblance, and his form beyond that of mortals— so he shall startle many nations; kings shall shut their mouths because of him; for that which had not been told them they shall see, and that which they had not heard they shall contemplate.

Who has believed what we have heard? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by others; a man of suffering and acquainted with infirmity; and as one from whom others hide their faces he was despised, and we held him of no account.

Surely he has borne our infirmities and carried our diseases; yet we accounted him stricken, struck down by God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the punishment that made us whole, and by his bruises we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have all turned to our own way, and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.

He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth. By a perversion of justice he was taken away. Who could have imagined his future? For he was cut off from the land of the living, stricken for the transgression of my people. They made his grave with the wicked and his tomb with the rich, although he had done no violence, and there was no deceit in his mouth.

Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him with pain. When you make his life an offering for sin, he shall see his offspring, and shall prolong his days; through him the will of the Lord shall prosper. Out of his anguish he shall see light; he shall find satisfaction through his knowledge. The righteous one, my servant, shall make many righteous, and he shall bear their iniquities.

Therefore I will allot him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he poured out himself to death, and was numbered with the transgressors; yet he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

 

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


March 30, 2018

Good Friday

Is 52:13-53:12

See, my servant shall prosper; he shall be exalted and lifted up, and shall be very high. Just as there were many who were astonished at him—so marred was his appearance, beyond human semblance, and his form beyond that of mortals— so he shall startle many nations; kings shall shut their mouths because of him; for that which had not been told them they shall see, and that which they had not heard they shall contemplate.

Who has believed what we have heard? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by others; a man of suffering and acquainted with infirmity; and as one from whom others hide their faces he was despised, and we held him of no account.

Surely he has borne our infirmities and carried our diseases; yet we accounted him stricken, struck down by God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the punishment that made us whole, and by his bruises we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have all turned to our own way, and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.

He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth. By a perversion of justice he was taken away. Who could have imagined his future? For he was cut off from the land of the living, stricken for the transgression of my people. They made his grave with the wicked and his tomb with the rich, although he had done no violence, and there was no deceit in his mouth.

Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him with pain. When you make his life an offering for sin, he shall see his offspring, and shall prolong his days; through him the will of the Lord shall prosper. Out of his anguish he shall see light; he shall find satisfaction through his knowledge. The righteous one, my servant, shall make many righteous, and he shall bear their iniquities.

Therefore I will allot him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he poured out himself to death, and was numbered with the transgressors; yet he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Trusting God through the pain

Having just returned from a border immersion experience in El Paso, Texas and Juarez, Mexico, I found myself reading and re-reading the words from today’s first reading.

As we gather today in mourning, I can’t help but remember the tired eyes of the five-year-old girl on the Juarez side of the border … the devout manner of the way-too-young girls and boys in the detention center … and the shy smile of a man and his son just delivered to the shelter, waiting for their number to be called. They, too, were spurned and avoided, held in no esteem for want of amnesty, a job, a way to eat, a roof.

Today we are inspired to realize deeply the tragedy of Jesus’ death in the context of our own sorrows and trials. It amazes me how the migrants we encountered on our trip can sustain such suffering and pain. Perhaps the will of the Lord is accomplished through the migrants’ trust in God and through the caring, committed individuals who accompany them on their journeys?

How can we treat our brothers and sisters in such a manner? Have I, too, gone astray like a sheep … just following my own way?

—Vicki Simon is the director of the Ignatian Volunteer Corps in St. Louis.

Prayer

In you, O Lord, I take refuge; let me never be put to shame.
In your justice rescue me, incline your ear to me,
Make haste to deliver me!
Be my rock of refuge, a stronghold to give me safety.
You are my rock and my fortress; for your name’s sake you will lead and guide me.
You will free me from the snare they set for me, for you are my refuge.
Into your hands I commend my spirit; you will redeem me, O Lord, O faithful God.

—Psalm 31:2-6

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


Prayer

By his word the Word almighty, 
Makes of bread his flesh indeed:
Wine becomes his very life-blood: 
Faith God’s living Word must heed!
Faith alone may safely guide us 
Where the senses cannot lead.

—Pange Lingua (Sing, my Tongue), verse 4 by St. Thomas Aquinas

Please share the Good Word with your friends!


Recalling the Passover

For the Jewish mind, to “remember” was literally to recall, to bring back to their present reality the action of God many years before. In that very recalling, the mystery and its power is present. As Walter Cronkite used to say: “You are there.” Our faith tells us that we are now present to God’s action, and take part in it.

This mystery of our faith is not a fairytale but a sacred reenactment of the Last Supper and the Passover put together. Jesus offers himself as the Paschal Lamb whose blood will save the Apostles just as the Israelites were saved and the Good Thief was saved. Jesus offers his life for the salvation of the world. Thus we take and eat and drink the blood of the Lamb as the Jews did on Passover. God’s Living Word enters our life and changes it. We can only say Amen!

—Fr. Karl Voelker, SJ, is on the staff of the Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat House in Barrington, IL.

 

Please share the Good Word with your friends!