a meditation by Victor
Christ entered the supper room to eat the Passover meal that last Thursday
night, he was aware a dark fate awaited him. Powerful forces were drawn
up against him ready to take his life. His enemies were moving to stop
him were his disciples, “his own who were in the world.” Arguing among
themselves as they took their place at table, they gave him little support.
Not only did Jesus face their pettiness, he also sensed their impending
betrayal of him.
he do? Understandably he might respond with caution and draw back. Like
the servant, whom Isaiah described, he might well say, “I toiled in
vain; and for nothing, uselessly, spent my strength...” (Is. 49).
however, took bread and gave it to his disciples. “Take this," he said,
“this is my body.” He took the cup and gave it to them. “This is my
blood, the blood of the new covenant, to be poured out in behalf of
without wariness or regret, he gave himself in love to his Father and
his disciples. As Savior and Redeemer he gave himself unhesitatingly
for the life of the world.
that love each time we celebrate the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist,
the sacrament which makes a supper room of every time and place. Until
the end of time, the sacrament says, Jesus Christ will offer his body
and blood for all.
once in the wilderness
your people ate heavenly manna
and they were filled.
once in a desert place
you fed the hungry
with blessed bread.
A simple thing, we say,
costing our mighty God
But what if bread is
a body offered for all,
and a cup of wine
your own life-blood
given to those who hardly care?
A costly thing, we say,
Is there anything more
God could have done?
Love could do
than lay down his life
for his friends?
Icon: The Last Supper by Theophanes the Cretan; Holy Monastery of Stavronikita, Mount Athos