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Thursday, April 6, 2023

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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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“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.’ ” —1 Corinthians 11:23-24

God became a man. “The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us” (Jn 1:14). The Lord “emptied Himself” (Phil 2:7). He became like us in all things but sin (Heb 4:15). God became a human embryo, baby, toddler, little child, teenager, etc. God washed the feet of His disciples (Jn 13:5) and continues to do so today (see Heb 13:8). God emptied and humbled Himself even to death on a cross (Phil 2:8).

Then the God-Man did the unthinkable. He emptied and humbled Himself to the point that He gives us His Body and Blood, His soul and divinity under the appearances of bread and wine. When Jesus took a piece of bread and a cup of wine and said: “This is My Body. This is My Blood” (see 1 Cor 11:24, 25), He uttered one of the most shocking statements ever made.

Why the Incarnation? Why the Crucifixion? Why the Eucharist? “God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him may not die but may have eternal life” (Jn 3:16). “God is Love” (1 Jn 4:16). Love Him.

Prayer:  Loving God, I decide to love You with all my heart, all my soul, all my strength, and all my mind (Lk 10:27). May I love You with all my life, as You mean “all.”

Promise:  “This day shall be a memorial feast for you, which all your generations shall celebrate with pilgrimage to the Lord, as a perpetual institution.” —Ex 12:14

Praise:  Praise the Eucharistic Jesus! Praise His Body and Blood!

Reference:  (For a related teaching on This Is My Body, view, download or order our booklet on our website.)

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