April 18, 2019

Holy Th

April 18, 2019:  Holy Thursday

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Ubi caritas settings (gospel-inspired)
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"Our blessing cup" / Psalm 116 settings
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Pope Francis
Chrism Mass homily:  The Gospels often show Jesus in a crowd, from shepherds, kings, and elderly dreamers at the Nativity to the Veronicas, Cyreneans, thieves, and centurions at the Cross.  He never lost contact with the people.  When crowds interacted with Jesus, it was personal, not nameless.
The crowds looked for Jesus, traveled with him, and waited to hear what he'd say.  The attitude of the Apostles, who wanted to send them away, verged on cruelty.  I believe clericalism started there.
Jesus’ relationship with the people was marked by the grace of amazement:  theirs at seeing him, and his at their faith.
The people received the grace of discernment, to recognize in Jesus one who taught with authority who could touch their hearts and cast out demons.
Jesus' preferred beneficiaries were the poor, the blind, the oppressed, and captives.  When we priests anoint, we're anointed anew.  Our models are those people, the crowd, with real faces, whom the Lord's anointing raises up and revives.  They're an image of our soul, and an image of the Church.  Each of them incarnates the heart of our people.
When I anoint, I'm generous with the oil.  In that anointing, we sense our own anointing is renewed.  We're not distributors of bottled oil; we anoint by distributing ourselves, our vocation, our heart.  We're anointed by people's faith and affection.  May the Father renew the spirit of holiness in us, and make us one in imploring mercy for the people entrusted to our care, and all the world.
Mass of the Lord's Supper homily:  Jesus washed his disciples' feet; priests around the world repeat this gesture every Holy Thursday.  Jesus carried out an act of service usually done by slaves.  He, the Lord who contained all power, carried out the gesture of a slave, then told his disciples to do the same for each other.  Be brothers in service, not ambition.  Each of us needs to be at the service of our neighbor.

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.
  • 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.
    "As I have done for you"
  • 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.
  • 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.”
"Washing of the feet" gallery
Jesus washing the apostles' feet/ Parson
Washing Peter's foot/ Forczek
Washing of the feet/ Bondone
Christ washing the apostles' feet

"Last Supper" gallery
The Last Supper/ Bouts
The Last Supper/ Hicks
The Last Supper/ McNaughton
  • Creighton:  Spring, the anniversary of creation, used to be New Year’s.  In the 1st reading God says Passover is the first month, a beginning remembered every year.  In the 2nd reading Jesus creates the Eucharist.  Jesus explains how he gives himself through his sacrifice and our sharing it.  He said, “Love one another as I have loved you,” and he loved us enough to die for us.  Master though he is, he still serves, washing his disciples' feet.  Peter is embarrassed that Jesus is doing servants' work, but Jesus shows the greatest will be the least, and the least greatest.  His foot washing shows them what it means to “love each other as I loved you”:  service and solidarity, not standing above or apart.  Jesus gave himself, washed their dirty, smelly feet, touched them.  Jesus loved us by being born, growing up, healing, helping, knowing people, then dying for us.  He showed his love in becoming human, his intimacy, and dying. May we show our love for him by loving each other, healing, helping, and knowing people....
  • One Bread, One Body:  "The life-stopping gift":  The Eucharist is Jesus' Body, Blood, soul, and divinity, a gift from God, and the Gift who is God.  How shall we respond?  Communion, sharing unconditional love. When Jesus gave us his Body and Blood, he presented us with both the greatest Gift and the greatest responsibility. We have an opportunity to receive communion with him that transforms every aspect of our lives. We can choose to let the Lord move us radically forward, to lose our lives and live for him. May we live in communion with the Trinity, giving ourselves radically, unconditionally, and totally to Jesus.
  • Passionist:  To share Jesus' body and blood, we must get up from the table, bend down and wash feet, taking off our garment of bias, judgment, pride, indignity, insecurity, power...  Some garments will be harder to remove, but Jesus' body and blood give us the strength to remove them, bend down, gaze with love at others, and wash their feet.  We may also discover we can let them wash our feet.  Without the burden of the ‘cloak’ we can live in freedom, open to new life.
  • DailyScripture.net:  "Jesus' supreme humility":   Jesus' reveals the humility that shaped his love in performing a servant's task, washing smelly, dirty feet, even though he knew one disciple would betray him and the others would abandon him.  He met betrayal and disloyalty with humility and love.  Jesus loved them even when they failed and forsook him. The Lord loves you freely and unconditionally and can set you free to love and serve others with compassion and humility.  "Jesus had the power to lay down his life, but we can't choose the length of our lives.  He, by dying, destroyed death; we're freed from death only in his death.  His body didn't see corruption; ours will, but through him be clothed in incorruption at the end of the world.  He didn't need our help to save us; without him we can do nothing.  He gave us himself as vine to branches; apart from him we have no life.  Even if brothers die for brothers, no martyr forgives sins as Christ forgave us, giving us not an example to imitate but a reason to rejoice.  Let us love one another as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us" (Augustine's Holy Thursday sermon, paraphrased)
    • Bl. ("Mother") Marie-Anne Blondin, religious, Congregation of the Sisters of Saint Anne foundress, victim of injustices, example of self-denial and forgiveness.  “The deeper a tree sinks its roots into the soil, the greater are its chances of growing and producing fruit.”  “May the Holy Eucharist and perfect abandonment to God’s Will be your heaven on earth.”  “God will know well how to discern the false from the true and to reward each one according to his deeds.”  “There is more happiness in forgiving than in revenge.”
Dress legend (c:  Chrism reading; s:  Lord's Supper reading)
  • 'Crown' tie bar:  The Lord sent me to place a diadem on the mourning (1st reading c); Christ, ruler of kings, made us into a kingdom (2nd reading c)
  • 'Boundless mercy' pin:  "My faithfulness and mercy shall be with him..." (psalm c)
  • 'Peace sign' tie bar:  Peace from Jesus Christ (2nd reading c)
  • 'Ruler' tie bar:  Christ, 'ruler' of kings (2nd reading c)
  • 'Scroll' pin:  Jesus read from the Isaiah scroll (gospel c); I'll make a lasting covenant (1st reading c)
  • 'Dove' pin:  "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me" (1st reading c, gospel c)
  • 'Hand' tie pin:  "I've anointed David that my hand may always be with him" (psalm c); eat the passover lamb with your staff in hand (1st reading s); I handed onto you what the Lord gave me (2nd reading s); devil induced Judas to hand Jesus over; “wash my hands too” (gospel s)
  • 'Clef with cross' pin:  "I'll sing the Lord's goodness" (psalm c)
  • 'Rock' tie pin:  "My God, the Rock" (psalm c)
  • 'Horn' pin:  Through me shall his horn be exalted (psalm c)
  • 'Door knocker' pin:  Apply lamb blood to the doorposts and the lintel... (1st reading s)
  • 'Blood drop' pin:  Jesus Christ freed us by his Blood; this cup is the new covenant in my blood (2nd reading c); seeing the blood, I'll spare you (1st reading s); our blessing-cup is a communion with Christ's Blood (psalm s); this cup is the new covenant in my blood (2nd reading s)
  • 'Pierced hearts' suspenders:  God sent me to heal the brokenhearted (1st reading c); Jesus Christ loves us; even those who pierced him will see him (2nd reading c); he loved his own to the end (gospel s)
  • 'Lamb,' 'sheep' tie bars:  Passover lamb, from the sheep or the goats (1st reading s)
  • Sandals (not shown):  Washing of feet (gospel s); eat Passover lamb with sandals on your feet... (1st reading s)
  • 'Airplane' tie pin: ...like those in 'flight' (1st reading s)
  • 'Cups' tie:  Our blessing-cup, the cup of salvation (psalm s)
  • 'Feet' pin:  "With sandals on your feet" (1st reading s); Jesus washed and dried the disciples' feet (gospel s)
  • 'Phone' tie bar:  I'll 'call' on the Lord's name (psalm s)
  • 'Eyeball' pin:  "Precious in the Lord's eyes..." (psalm s); "every eye will see Christ when he comes" (2nd reading c); "The Lord anointed me to proclaim recovery of sight" (1st reading c, gospel c); "all eyes looked intently at him" (gospel c)
  • 'Wheat' pin:  Eat the Passover lamb with unleavened bread (1st reading s); Jesus took and broke bread... (2nd reading s)
  • 'Silverware' tie bar:  Last Supper (gospel s)
  • 'Celebrate teaching' pin:  "I am your teacher" (gospel s)
  • 'Clock' pin:  Jesus knew his hour had come (gospel s); passover schedule (1st reading s)
  • White shirt:  Liturgical color of day

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