April 17, 2014

Holy Thurs.

April 17, 2014:  Holy Thursday

Chrism Mass

  • Is 61:1-3a, 6a, 8b-9  The Spirit of the Lord is upon me.  God has anointed and sent me to bring glad tidings to the lowly, heal the brokenhearted, proclaim liberty to captives and release to prisoners, announce favor and vindication, comfort mourners.  I'll make a covenant with them.  You'll be named priests/ministers, blessed, and rewarded.
Wordle: Readings 4-17-14 Chrism
Chrism Mass readings
  • Ps 89:21-22, 25, 27  "For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord."  I have anointed David, my servant and will exalt him.  My faithfulness and mercy shall be with him.
  • Rv 1:5-8  Jesus Christ is the faithful witness, firstborn of the dead, and ruler of all.  He loves us, freed us from sin, made us into a kingdom of priests....
  • Lk 4:16-21  Jesus went into the synagogue, read the scroll "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me...", and said “Today this passage is fulfilled in your hearing.”
Mass of the Lord's Supper 
  • Ex 12:1-8, 11-14  Lord to Moses and Aaron:  “Tell the community:  On the 10th of this month, procure a year-old lamb, keep it till the 14th, slaughter it at twilight, apply its blood to your doorposts, roast and eat it, with unleavened bread, like those in flight.  It is the Passover of the Lord, when I will go through Egypt, striking down every firstborn and judging Egypt's gods.  When I see the blood, I will pass over you.
Wordle: Readings 4-17-14 Supper
Mass of the Lord's Supper readings
  • Ps 116:12-13, 15-16bc, 17-18  "Our blessing-cup is a communion with the Blood of Christ."  In return for the good God has done, I'll take up the cup of salvation and call upon him.  Precious in the Lord's eyes is the death of his faithful.  I am your servant; you have freed me.
  • 1 Cor 11:23-26  Jesus, on the night he was handed over, took bread, gave thanks, broke it and said, “This is my body that is for you.  Do this in remembrance of me.”  Then he took the cup:  “This is the new covenant in my blood.  Do this in remembrance of me.”  Whenever you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes.
    As Jesus Commanded
    Fr. Bob Gilroy, SJ
  • Jn 13:1-15  Jesus loved his own to the end.  He rose from supper, poured water, and washed and dried the disciples’ feet.  Peter / Jesus:  “Are you going to wash mine?” / “You don't  understand now but will later.” / “Never!” / “Unless I do, you'll have no inheritance with me.” / “Then my feet, hands and head too.”...  He said to them, “Do you realize what I have done for you?  If I, master and teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash one another’s.  As I have done for you, you should do.”
Pope Francis
  • Anointed to anoint others, to priests at Chrism Mass:  The Lord anointed us and invites us to accept and appreciate the joy of being a priest.  It's a treasure, not only for us but for the faithful from which we're called and are sent to anoint.  Priestly joy comes from the Father’s love; consider Mary, Mother of the living Gospel, wellspring of joy.  The priest is little compared with the grandeur of God's gift, poor unless enriched by Jesus' poverty, useless unless Jesus calls us his friends, ignorant unless taught by Jesus, frail unless strengthened by the Good Shepherd.  Pray as Mary:  [I'm a priest because] you've regarded my littleness. We find our joy in our littleness!  Priestly joy anoints (not “greases”) us, is imperishable (even if clogged), and is missionary (spreading and attracting, starting with those farthest away).  It's guarded by the flock, poverty, fidelity, and obedience.  It's the joy of being taken from those we love and sent back to give Jesus' gifts and counsels.
Lord, enable many to discover the zeal of responding to your call.  Preserve the joy of the recently ordained, the joy of sharing the Gospel and feeling the faithful's anointing.  Confirm the joy, depth, and wisdom of those who have ministered for years; make their joy, the joy of the Cross, known.  May they find happiness and experience a taste of eternity.
  • Mass of the Lord's Supper homily:  Slaves washed feet before meals because streets were made of dirt.  At the Last Supper Jesus washed feet as a farewell gesture, a symbolic act; God made himself a servant, our servant.  You also must love each other and be servants in Love.  Let's think of others with love and consider how we can serve them better.  [More Mass coverage]
Music
Reflections
    • One Bread One Body:  Christ washed the feet of his disciples and continues to do so.  Out of love, he emptied and humbled himself, even to death.
        • Passionist:  Our participation in the Last Supper at Mass strengthens our relationship with God and with our brothers and sisters in Christ and calls us to share what we receive and to love and serve one another, as Jesus modeled.  Jesus also showed his disciples how to be served; be open to accepting the help God sends through others.
        • DailyScripture.net:  Saint Augustine:  Jesus destroyed death; his death frees us from death.  He gave himself to us as vine to branches; apart from him we have no life.  He brought us forgiveness as no martyr could.  Let us love one another as Christ also loved us.
        • Moved to greater love Jesuit reflection on union with Jesus in his Passion:  Be present at the Last Supper; hear the conversation, and feel the sadness and confusion.  Jesus washed his disciples' feet; watch him pour out his love, and see how Peter refused.  What do I need to surrender to God so that he can wash and purify me?  How am I moved to love those around me by Christ's love?  Whom am I called to wash through an act of love, forgiveness or reconciliation?  +Essential Writings/ Arrupe
        Apparel


        • "Pierced hearts" suspenders:  God sent me to heal the brokenhearted (1st reading); He loved his own to the end (gospel)
        • "Lamb" tie bar:  passover lamb (1st reading)
        • Sandals (below):  eat passover lamb with sandals on your feet... (1st reading)
        • "Airplane" tie pin: ...like those who are in 'flight' (1st reading)
        • "Eyeball" tie pin:  "Precious in the Lord's eyes..." (psalm); "every eye will see him" (2nd reading); "the eyes of all... looked intently at him" (gospel)
        • "Wheat" pin:  Jesus took bread... (2nd reading)
        • Tie with feet:  Jesus washed disciples' feet (gospel)
        • White shirt:  color of day
        Dress your life!