Daily Office Readings for Maundy Thursday of Holy Week: Year 2
“While they were eating, he took a loaf of bread, and after blessing it he broke it, gave it to them, and said, ‘Take; this is my body.’ Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he gave it to them, and all of them drank from it. He said to them, ‘This is my blood of the* covenant, which is poured out for many. Truly I tell you, I will never again drink of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.” (Mark 14: 22 – 25)
This is the central sacrament of our Christian faith. This act means so much more than sermons or readings. This is what our Lord Jesus left for us to do and to remember him by. Today is what our Church has named “Maundy Thursday.” This is the night our Lord Jesus was arrested and taken into custody of the chief priests and the scribes and the elders of the Temple. He knew this was coming but insisted on this sacramental meal anyway.
Normally I would lead our St Paul’s family through a Seder meal as an Instructed Eucharistic. We can’t do that this year due to the Corona virus. But I would ask each family to have a prayerful meal this evening as did the first Passover Meal during the time of Moses. This is the faithful tradition that our Lord Jesus was maintaining, and asking us to do the same.
St Paul also asks us to continue this tradition in our 1st Corinthian’s reading for today. He says, “The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a sharing in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a sharing in the body of Christ? Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread.” (1 Corinthians 10: 16 – 17) The four fold parts of Holy Communion are “Take,” “Bless,” Brake,” and “Give.” We are living into the “Brake” and “Given” parts now during our physical separation. We are still our Church. It is not the building that makes us the Church; it is being the body of Christ that makes us the Church; broken apart and given to ourselves but blessed nevertheless.
Let us hear what the Spirit is saying to and through the saints of God and then ponder anew what the Almighty can do. John