Posted by: Peadar Ban | April 5, 2012

Fourth Question: Holy Thursday of the Lord’s Passion

Here is today’s little meditation and question which I lifted from The Christian Book Corner; something to “chew” on as you think about the Last Supper, the gateway to the Passion:

“We are a little bit embarrassed. Yesterday we wrote here that the second reading from the Office of readings for the day was from an Easter Homily by Saint Melito, Bishop of Sardis, a city near Ephesus in modern Turkey. He was a much revered man, being called a prophet by some, and died around 180 AD.

We apologize for getting our pages mixed up yesterday.

Today, we hope to do better. It is Holy Thursday, in the catholic world the day one which Christ instituted The Holy Eucharist at the Last Supper, the day on which His passion begins, the Agony in the Garden of Gethsemane.

Returning to Saint Melito’s sermon, we offer these words to ponder: “Even if brothers die for brothers, yet no martyr by shedding his blood brings forgiveness for the sins of his brothers, as Christ brought forgiveness to us.”

Still direct and blunt, Saint Melito’s words should echo today in a world fractured and filled with selfishness, and absent of any sense of sin.

Think of them, now, as you ponder the final question from St. Augustine’s sermon: “Who is Christ if not the Word of God: “in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God?”

How can this be?”

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  1. CHRIST ,WHILE ON THIS EARTH , GAVE US THE VERBAL GUIDANCE AS TO WHAT WE MUST DO TO ACHIEVE SALVATION. WITH HIS BODY AND BLOOD,HE GAVE US THE MEANS THROUGH WHICH,IN THE EUCHARIST,WE MAY RECEIVE THE GRACE TO LIVE IN ACCORDANCE WITH HIS WORDS.

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