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Holy Thursday

Exodus 12:1-8, 11-14
1 Corinthians 11:23-26
Psalm 116:12-13, 15-18
John 13:1-15

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know jesus. no fear.

"The Lord Jesus on the night in which He was betrayed took bread, and after He had given thanks, broke it and said, 'This is My body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of Me.' " —1 Corinthians 11:23-24

I wrote this during a curfew. Because of racial violence, my city was under a curfew. Our Mass of the Last Supper had to be finished in 30-40 minutes so that parishioners could be home by the 8:00 PM curfew. Only a handful of people came to the Mass because most people were afraid to come. (The parish and pastor are near the center of the violence.)

On this day when we especially celebrate the Lord's gift to us of His Body and Blood (see 1 Cor 11:24-25), we should realize even more deeply that to know personally our Eucharistic Jesus means that no fear will rule our lives. The saying is absolutely true: "KNOW JESUS. NO FEAR." When we receive the Body and Blood of Jesus, we receive God, Who is Love (1 Jn 4:8, 16). We receive perfect Love, Who "casts out all fear" (1 Jn 4:18).

The Eucharist is the fulfillment of the Passover, when the Lord commanded His people to leave the slavery of fear (see Rm 8:15). After the first Eucharist, Jesus fearlessly died on the cross (see 1 Cor 11:26). The Eucharist is where the fearful become fearless by the transforming love of the Lord. KNOW JESUS. NO FEAR.

Prayer:  Father, You have sent me not a fearful spirit (2 Tm 1:7) but the Spirit of adoption (Rm 8:15). In this Spirit, make me fearless.

Promise:  "How shall I make a return to the Lord for all the good He has done for Me? The cup of salvation I will take up, and I will call upon the name of the Lord." —Ps 116:12-13

Praise:  "Sweet Sacrament, we Thee adore. O make us love Thee more and more. O make us love Thee more and more."

Reference:  (For a related teaching on Developing a Deep, Personal Relationship with Jesus, order, listen to, or download our CD 52-1 or DVD 52 on our website.)

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, September 24, 2020

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