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In Sunday’s Gospel, Mark 14:12-16,22-26 Jesus says This is my body; this is my blood
In the gospel today we hear Mark’s account of Jesus’ Last Supper with his disciples as a celebration of the Jewish feast of Passover. Mark, however, omits many elements of the Passover meal. He describes only those elements that are essential to the Eucharist, the Mass. Jesus took bread, blessed it, broke it and shared it amongst his disciples. With similar words he shared also the cup with his disciples. Jesus explains that this bread now shared is his body, the wine his own blood. He calls it ‘the blood of the covenant, which is to be poured out for many.’ The New Covenant is the promise of God’s love that will now be sealed by Jesus’ own blood. The Gospel reminds us that the Eucharist is a memorial of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross. We believe that Jesus is truly present to us in the elements of bread and wine. Through our celebration of the Eucharist we are nourished for the life in Christ that we are called to live throughout the week. The liturgical colour for today is white.,
Children there are lots of times when we celebrate being together by having a special meal: Christmas, Easter, birthdays, weddings etc.Can you see that certain foods are linked with certain celebrations – birthday cakes, Christmas pudding etc etc. When we see these special foods it makes the occasion real and might also remind us of previous celebrations. Think how these special meals help to bring our family closer together. Today we are going to hear about a special meal that Jesus celebrated with his disciples, called the Last Supper. Listen carefully to what Jesus says and does in the gospel passage. Jesus mentions the word Passover. Children this is a festival celebrated every year by the Jewish people to remember an occasion a long time ago when God saved his people from slavery and led them into freedom.
Reflecting on the readings with the children:
Do you recognise any of the words Jesus used? What do we do to remember the Last Supper that Jesus celebrated with his disciples? (come to Mass/celebrate the Eucharist). The disciples prepared for the Passover meal. What preparations are made for the celebration of the Eucharist each Sunday? (the church is made ready – cleaning, flowers, cloths, the priest prepares his homily, music rehearsed, servers, readers etc prepare.) How do we make ourselves ready? These preparations show us how important the Eucharist is for us. We remember that Jesus died for us and rose again to new life, we receive Communion, we gather together to celebrate all that God has done for us.
Think again the words of Jesus at the Last Supper – ‘This is my body. This is my blood.’ We believe that the bread and wine we bring to the altar at mass become the body and blood of Jesus which we receive in Communion because Jesus told us it was. Jesus told the disciples that each time they shared bread and wine and remembered him he was there in a very special way. When we share that presence together it brings us all closer together – one family around the table. This is true even if we are still too young to have received Communion – our presence there makes us one.
Jesus asks his disciples to spread his word to all nations – to teach them to follow his commandments. He asks his disciples to baptise people in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. He is speaking to us also, to encourage us to spread his word through our words and actions.
Jesus has said he is with us always as we pray, so we pray:
For all the people in our parish who help to make our celebration of the Eucharist so beautiful, Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.
For all the children in our parish who have received (or will receive) Jesus in Communion for the first time this year, Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.
For people we know who are suffering from illness or sadness, that they may know the peace and love God has for them, Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer
Andrew Olive, Headteacher
(Father Marcin and I have agreed that it would be good if the parish knew a little more about what is happening in school and the school community had the benefit of Fr Marcin’s thoughts on the week’s Gospel:)
On the first day of Unleavened Bread, when the Passover lamb was sacrificed, his disciples said to Jesus, ‘Where do you want us to go and make the preparations 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 my dining room in which I can 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.’ 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 some 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 returned thanks he gave it to them, and all drank from it, and he said to them, ‘This is my blood, the blood of the covenant, which is to be poured out for many. I tell you solemnly, I shall not drink any more wine until the day I drink the new wine in the kingdom of God.’ After psalms had been sung they left for the Mount of Olives.
In the beginning of today’s Gospel, Jesus instructs his disciples to make preparations for the Passover meal. Like most meals, the Passover meal required planning and preparation. Our celebration of the Sunday Eucharist also requires planning and preparation. Certainly the ministers at the Eucharist prepare for their roles: the person presiding prays and prepares the homily; the prayers of petition are written; the music ministers prayerfully select music and practice it before Mass; Eucharistic ministers, lectors and altar servers prepare carefully for their roles. As the worshiping assembly, we can also prepare for the Mass through our prayer during the week, by reading the Scripture before Mass, and by making ourselves present to the Eucharistic celebration.
As you gather as a family, talk about some of the things that are required to prepare for your family meals. Plan together a special Sunday meal by choosing the menu, preparing the shopping list, and assigning duties for cooking, setting the table, preparing decorations, leading the prayers, and cleaning. Read together today’s Gospel, Mark 14:12-16,22-26. Notice how Jesus instructed his disciples to prepare for their Passover meal. All meals require some kind of planning and preparation; so, too, our Sunday Eucharist requires planning. What might we do as a family to better prepare for our celebration of the Eucharist? Choose one or more ideas to begin to implement together as a family. Pray together that God will help your family make your celebration of the Eucharist the highlight of your week. Pray together the Lord’s Prayer.